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Ever hear of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus? Odds are you have, but you may be more familiar with its acronym: MRSA.

MRSA is a form of bacteria (of the staphylococcus family) that causes incredibly resilient infections in the human body. Due to our modern society’s propensity to use antibiotics, MRSA has become more difficult to treat than most strains of staph.

Most MRSA infections are mild and can be found on the skin in the form of sores and/or boils. It can also cause more serious infections on the skin, in the bloodstream, the lungs or even the urinary tract, which can be fatal.

Because of its resistance to antibiotics, health experts have dubbed this scary bacterium the “super bug.”

MRSA has been relatively common inside of medical and health facilities. This is frightening, but health experts are even more concerned because of the sudden surge in infections that originate in schools, gyms and shopping centers. And, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, MRSA is starting to infect much younger people than it used to.

A MRSA infection can manifest on the skin in the form of red, swollen and painful pimple-like pockets, which ooze an odorous puss. MRSA can also infect the lungs and cause a deadly form of pneumonia, leading to shortness of breath, fever, cough and chills. In rare cases, MRSA can result in a type of “flesh-eating” bacterial infection that can spread quickly. In its worst cases, MRSA can result in a painful, slow death.

It’s not all bad news!

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are really only two ways to contract MRSA: 1. Skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it; and 2. Touching objects contaminated with it.

This is good news for institutions that have a top-of-the-line cleaning service because all you need to do in order to prevent an outbreak is clean. If your place of business or institution is clean, then MRSA is no longer a worry. The CDC states that properly cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces with Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectants and detergents can defend against this nasty bacteria.

Now that you know about MRSA and how to prevent it, all you need to do is find a cleaning service you can trust to do the job. Contact us today:

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