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How long is MRSA contagious for?

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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care
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In brief: Always

Mrsa is a bacteria and can be spread through skin contact, so it is aways contagious.

In brief: Always

Mrsa is a bacteria and can be spread through skin contact, so it is aways contagious.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Dr. Lauren Romeo
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: MRSA

This strain of staphylococcus aureus may or may not produce infection.
We are all colonized with staph, usually in our GI tract , but possibly on nasopharynx and skin. Once colonized, by direct contact with others who have this, you then have the potential to become infected, but this usually occurs only after experiencing some defect in the integument (skin and mucous membranes).

In brief: MRSA

This strain of staphylococcus aureus may or may not produce infection.
We are all colonized with staph, usually in our GI tract , but possibly on nasopharynx and skin. Once colonized, by direct contact with others who have this, you then have the potential to become infected, but this usually occurs only after experiencing some defect in the integument (skin and mucous membranes).
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology

In brief: Indefinitely

Unfortunately, MRSA can survive indefinitely on hosts.
It can survive on non-host surfaces (ie: door knobs, light switches, commodes, tubs, phones, tables, etc.) for days, weeks, or months depending on environmental circumstances.

In brief: Indefinitely

Unfortunately, MRSA can survive indefinitely on hosts.
It can survive on non-host surfaces (ie: door knobs, light switches, commodes, tubs, phones, tables, etc.) for days, weeks, or months depending on environmental circumstances.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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