40 percent of area population could be carrying MRSA bacteria

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 05:22 PM.

"After shaking hands after church, I always wash the fellowship off my hands," Vail joked.

About MRSA

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection is caused by a staph bacteria strain that's become resistant to antibiotics that treat most staph infections. Applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer can help prevent spread of the disease.

Health care-associated MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

Community-associated MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded areas.

Source: The Mayo Clinic

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