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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Maybe, not airborne: When someone has a staph infection (MRSA or not), other people in the same household often are at somewhat increased risk. It's not so much airborne, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Quite: Though not as bad as viral respiratory diseases, MRSA is contagious since it is spread by direct contact (skin-to-skin) with a person colonized or inf ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
36 years experience Pediatrics
No: Carried in nose of smokers.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
MRSA: Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Indefinitely: Unfortunately, MRSA can survive indefinitely on hosts. It can survive on non-host surfaces (ie: door knobs, light switches, commodes, tubs, phones, ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
MRSA: As long as you are a carrier. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand conta ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Barrere
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
MRSA is everywhere: Mrsa is a bacteria that is everywhere, not just on infected people. Mrsa is considered an opportunistic pathogen, which means that if it is at th ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dinhofer
40 years experience Radiology
Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
MRSA: This organism is transferred to others hand to nose to hand to nose and not casually through the air.
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Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
MRSA: Not directly but people that have infection with MRSA often are carrying the organism on multiple places in and on their bodies. For exams it is commo ... Read More

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