Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Yes. Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly.
No. Children, especially in daycare or early grades, where there is a lot of close contact, may often bring home staph. But MRSA is still not that common in most communities.

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I had a MRSA infection? In the past? What kind of test do I need to get cleared for surgery?

Mention to doc. Sometimes a surgeon might check if your a carrier by taking a nasal swab of your nose. However, more often than not, nothing will be done but if they they prophylaxis you with an antibiotic they might chose one that covers mrsa, similiarly if you develop an infection they would gear it against mrsa. Read more...

I was diagnosed with a MRSA infection about 2 months ago and find that I tire easily. Are there long term effects of having mrsa?

See your DR. Mrsa is a type of bacteria, not a diagnosis. Was it a minor skin infection or pneumonia or something else? Was the infection cleared? There are many possible reasons for easy fatigue. Your dr will help you. Read more...

If I had a mrsa infection, was treated, does this mean I am going to be colonized with it forever? Will I keep getting recurring infections?

Relax. No for sure. . MRSA is a very common bacteria that lives on the skin of people. Staph aureus is the name of that bacteria and almost all the people have that. It is usually good unless it becomes resistant to some antibiotics and then labels as MRSA. Which mean methicillin resistant staph aureus. Taking universal precautions you can avoid its spread. So good lick and no worries. . Read more...
ONLY a SMALL. "fortunately" number of people have persistent colonization and this is a problem among HEALTH CARE WORKERS but less so in the general population. NASAL colonization is the most common and is treated with anti-bacterial nasal ointment along with oral treatment! Hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...

I had a mrsa infection a few weeks ago. How will I know it's gone? I am avoiding family and spouse. Everything in the news has me really afraid of it.

Probably ISN'T. All people have germs on the skin. People tend to have the same germs always and treatment is not very effective at removing the germs on the skin. Furthermore, one's spouse/those around them often have the same germs. Family and spouse could have had it for a long time already. cannot say in your particular case, but generally.... Read more...

Where can I find out the rates of MRSA infection in different hospitals?

Depends... ...On where you live. Some states publish reports on their state hospitals’ infection rates. (consumers union has a list of them at http://www.Consumersunion.Org/campaigns/stophospitalinfections/learn.Html) other states do not. If you can't find what you need at the cu website, call your state's dept. Of health and ask if they have the information. Read more...