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Staph infections, including the serious CA-MRSA strain - a superbug - have been spreading through schools nationwide in recent weeks, from Maine to Florida, according to health officials. The current Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that 94,000 cases of MRSA infections (invasive) a year were contracted in the United States in 2005.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin.
MRSA generally starts as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils, or spider bites. They can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Fever and warmth around the infected area are also present.
CA-MRSA can be prevented by diligent hand washing and good hygiene. Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly (between fingers and under nails) with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. Dry with a disposable towel and use another towel to turn off the faucet.
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