Causes and Symptoms of HA-MRSA
HA-MRSA is a type of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Much of transmission, signs and symptoms of infection, duration of illness, complications and diagnosis are the same as for Staphylococcus aureus.
- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
CDC website about MRSA.
- Hospitalized patients are at increased risk for MRSA infection for several reasons:
- Many hospitalized patients are taking antibiotics that can decrease the normal flora found on the body, giving MRSA strains an advantage.
- Many patients in hospitals have breaks in their skin (surgical wounds, intravenous lines (IVs), and catheters) that can allow bacteria to enter underlying tissues or the bloodstream.
Signs and symptoms of infection
- Most infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus are skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses or cellulitis.
Duration of illness
- There is a possibility for longer lasting or more severe infections with CA-MRSA if the initial antibiotic prescribed is not capable of killing the bacteria.