Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus became a problem in the mid-20th centrury when it found its way into hospitals.

According to the CDC, Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a common soil bacterium that about 30% of people carry in their noses. Most staph is harmless and lives peacefully on the skin and mucous membranes of humans. However, in healthcare settings, infections can become serious. Given the opportunity, staph can cause life threatening infections of the skin, blood, bone, lungs, and heart.

Of particular concern is a type of staph called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to certain antibiotics. If infected, small cuts and abrasions can turn into large MRSA lesions that are difficult for even the healthiest of individuals to fight off. In fact, MRSA infections have frequently sidelined top athletes from the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

It can be difficult to avoid staph, especially if you find yourself in a hospital setting. Ultimate Labs wants you to stay healthy by washing thoroughly with soap and water, using an alcohol-based hand rub, keeping cuts and scrapes clean, and avoiding sharing personal items such as towels or razors. Stay safe and have a staph-free spring!

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