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A 43-year-old female asked:

Why does mrsa harbor in the nose yet it is not resp transmitted?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
MRSA: Staphylococcus aureus (in this case methicillin-resistant) is part of our normal bacterial flora. It is not until it gains entry into various areas of our body that it becomes a pathogen. This often occurs with disruption in the skin and mucous membranes. It can, in fact, be respiratorily transmitted under the the proper circumstances. This is a complex subject that cannot be fully addressed here.
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