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Is MRSA pneumonia contagious?

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Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology
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In brief: 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 in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. the patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask.

In brief: 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 in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. the patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask.
Dr. David Dinhofer
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: Possible

But it is not easily spread from lung to lung.
Usual route of transmission is through direct contact or contact with contaminated items. Hand washing is the best defense. If someone is generating a lot of aerosolized particles it might be prudent to have them wear a mask. MRSA is found just about everywhere these days and most people who have it on them do not have any infection.

In brief: Possible

But it is not easily spread from lung to lung.
Usual route of transmission is through direct contact or contact with contaminated items. Hand washing is the best defense. If someone is generating a lot of aerosolized particles it might be prudent to have them wear a mask. MRSA is found just about everywhere these days and most people who have it on them do not have any infection.
Dr. Dan Fisher
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