Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.
MRSA infections that occur in otherwise healthy people who have not been hospitalized recently (within the past year) or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters) are known as community-associated (CA)-MRSA infections. These infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions.
Fact Sheets
Fact Sheets for Corrections Officers and Inmates
(Links will bring you to the Department of Corrections Website.)
Additional Sources
Information about MRSA for School Health Professionals (Massachusettes Dept. of Public Health)


For additional information on this disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.





 This fact sheet is for informational purposes only. It should not be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. If you think that you may have this infection, or have questions about the disease described above, you should consult your health care provider.






To contact the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program, please call 860-509-7994.