Is MRSA Contagious?

Staphylococcus infections often make you fear the worst. These bacteria can become extremely dangerous if they are not eliminated. It is thus important to know whether MRSA is contagious and how to protect yourself from it.

How Contagious is MRSA?

MRSA is one of the most important germs causing nosocomial infections. These are infections contracted during a stay in a health care institution such as a hospital or a clinic. The transmission of MRSA is mainly done:

  • By hand
  • By medical and paramedical staff
  • By contaminated equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, etc.

Healthy people can also be infected with staphylococcus. It is estimated that 3 out of 10 healthy carriers of the bacteria.

Staphylococcus is found in:

  • Water
  • Soil
  • Air
  • Food
  • Objects
  • Skin
  • Mucous membranes

In general, the bacterium first colonizes the nose before spreading to other parts of the body. This is done via the hands and moist areas such as armpits or genital areas. While the infection is usually mild, it can cause serious complications in:

  • Bones
  • Lungs
  • Heart

How is MRSA transmitted?

There are several modes of transmission of staphylococci. They are extremely resistant and can be transmitted from one individual to another. Particularly in the case of skin infections. But also from objects contaminated by the bacteria, such as:

  • Towels
  • Pillowcases
  • Telephones

Contamination can also occur by ingesting food in which they have proliferated and released toxins.

What are the symptoms of a MRSA infection?

MRSA can cause different types of infection. Symptoms therefore manifest themselves differently from case to case. In a skin infection, the skin becomes red, swollen and painful. Pus-filled pimples appear on the groin, buttocks or under the arms.

In cases of food poisoning, you can experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea

In the most severe cases, bacteria enter the bloodstream and proliferate. This is called septicemia, or infection of the blood. This causes:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Life-threatening toxic shock

Importance of cleaning and sanitizing after MRSA contamination

It is vital to disinfect the house as soon as you or someone close to you is diagnosed. A simple mop cleaning is not enough to kill the bacteria responsible for MRSA contamination.

Be aware that the bacteria are microscopic. Even after cleaning, you cannot verify that all particles have been destroyed. Transmissible infections such as MRSA are also involved:

  • Sophisticated equipment
  • Disinfectants containing infection-specific killing agents
  • Proper training

Disinfect your property with Crime Scene Intervention

Using the services of a bioremediation company will allow your property to be completely disinfected. You will be able to live there again in complete safety. All affected surfaces are subjected to ATP tests. These tests detect whether living organisms have survived disinfection. Precision guaranteed!

Crime Scene Intervention will ensure that your property is completely disinfected by a team of highly qualified professionals, regardless of the situation you find yourself in:

  • Contagious epidemic such as MRSA
  • Violent crime
  • Accident
  • Unattended death

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