The biggest problem with MRSA is that it’s a so-called “superbug,” a bacterial infection that’s resistant to standard antibiotics. When acquired, it’s tough to get rid of, and if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening complications as it spreads to organs, joints or the bloodstream.
For people with already-weakened immune systems, MRSA can be a disaster. Because it’s a germ, it can be found anywhere and usually spreads once let loose in an enclosed facility. It’s spread with skin to skin contact.
Among the most popular locations for a MRSA outbreak:
1. Prisons: Close, confined quarters and a lack of daily showers can lead to problems for those incarcerated and their guards.
2. Schools: Children, teachers and staff constantly interact in close quarters, making for easily transmitted infections.
3. Airports: International travel and confined quarters make transmission a worldwide issue.
4. Hospitals: Although these facilities try to pay strict attention to sterilization and sanitation, the constantly changing environment and opportunity for infections to escape make them prime locations for MRSA outbreaks