Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. Many people carry it in their nose or on their skin. Most infections affect the skin. It can infect other organs, as well. Without treatment, infections can be life-threatening or cause severe complications like sepsis or endocarditis.
Because MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics, it can be hard to get rid of. Preventing infection is the easiest way to protect patients and their families.
MRSA is not a reportable condition.
Though not mandatory, hospitals and some clinics and long-term care facilities report MRSA-positive cultures.