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MRSA Infections in Children

MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria that has become resistant to many antibiotics that are similar to penicillin.

MRSA Tests
MRSA tests, including cultures and rapid tests, can help to identify the Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and make sure your child is on the correct antibiotic when he gets an infection with MRSA.

MRSA Educational Materials
These educational materials can help to educate and remind children, including older children and athletes, how to help protect themselves from the MRSA bacteria.

MRSA Symptoms
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of skin infection that is becoming increasing common. Since MRSA can be so serious and sometimes deadly, it is important to learn to recognize the symptoms of an MRSA infection so that you can get your child early treatment.

Spider Bites vs MRSA
A classic sign of an MRSA infection is that people will describe the area as looking like a spider bite. You don't want to delay the treatment for a resistant staph infection because you are treating a spider bite that your child never really had, so learn the differences.

How to Take a Bleach Bath
Dilute bleach baths have long been recommended to help children with recurrent skin infections, especially those with hard to control eczema. Learn the proper way to take a bleach bath with diluted bleach, which can help to prevent infections, including MRSA.

MRSA Prevention - Preventing MRSA
Since MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infections can be so difficult to treat and they can be so serious, even deadly, it can be very important to try and prevent these common skin infections.

MRSA in Schools - Symptoms of MRSA Infections
MRSA in schools is especially becoming a big problem, as symptoms of MRSA infections begin to show up in daycare centers, schools, dormitories, and especially among student athletes.

Staph Infection
Learn to identify and treat common skin infections caused by the staph bacteria, including impetigo and abscesses.

Community-MRSA FAQs
Frequently asked questions about MRSA in the community.

MRSA Fact Sheet
Frequently asked questions about MRSA in healthcare and the community.

MRSA Infections in Children
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, infections are becoming more common among children. Learn how to prevent and treat this bacteria that commonly causes skin infections.

Community-acquired MRSA study
A study in JAMA, Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in children with no identified predisposing risk, which concluded that 'the prevalence of community-acquired MRSA among children without identified risk factors is increasing.'

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
A patient education reference about MRSA from Johns Hopkins, including a description of MRSA epidemiology, colonization and infection.

Prevention and Management of MRSA
Information about the prevention and management of MRSA infections and a discussion of concerns about MRSA in the future.

Guidelines for Control of MRSA
Comprehensive guidelines about the diagnosis, including MRSA culturing, prevention and treatment of MRSA infections.

Linezolid for Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections
An article about the role of Linezolid or Zyvox in the Treatment of Gram-Positive, Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections, including MRSA.

Infection Control: Methicillin Resistant Staph. Aureus
An overview of MRSA infections, including information about Outbreak Prevention and Control, Risk Factors for MRSA infection, and care planning for residents at risk of MRSA.

MRSA Among Competitive Sports Participants
A report on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections Among Competitive Sports Participants --- Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles County, 2000--2003.

Four Pediatric Deaths from MRSA
A report on Four Pediatric Deaths from Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- Minnesota and North Dakota, 1997-1999.

Skin Infection Prevention - NCAA
Infection Control Prevention Recommendations from the NCAA because of recent outbreaks of MRSA infections among athletes.

MRSA Toolkit for Middle & High Schools
This toolkit has been designed to help prevent and stop or reduce the spread of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections in middle and high schools. It contains educational materials targeted to the school health team, athletic directors/coaches, custodians, athletes/students and parents.

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