MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and is a staph infection that can be treated in your doctor’s office and with some antibiotics, but not all. In otherwise healthy people this infection will become known because of a large pimple or boil that becomes very swollen and red. It will be obvious that it is infected. Your doctor will drain the lesion and treat it with topical and oral antibiotics.
MRSA is contagious and common among athletes, military members, and prisoners. To prevent the spread of MRSA do not share hygiene products like soap, razors, and towels, wash hands regularly, keep your wounds bandanged, and do not touch other people’s injuries.
According to the CDC, 19,000 people died from this infection in 2005. The majority of those that died already suffered from a weakened immune system and had recently been treated in a hospital.