To all members of Rockland Community College:
You should be aware of the following information to prevent the spread of infectious diseases including MRSA.
What is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)?
MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics.
What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?
Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. More serious infections may cause
pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.
How can I prevent staph or MRSA skin infections?
Practice good hygiene:
- Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
- Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
Are staph and MRSA infections treatable?
Yes. Most staph and MRSA infections are treatable with antibiotics. If you are given an antibiotic,
take all of the doses, even if the infection is getting better, unless your doctor tells you to stop taking it. Do not share antibiotics with other people or save unfinished antibiotics to use at another time.
If after visiting your healthcare provider the infection is not getting better after a few days, contact them again.
If other people you know or live with get the same infection tell them to go to their healthcare provider.
You can gain additional information on MRSA at the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa_ca_public.html
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Safety Officer at 845-574-4722.