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five tips on preventing Staph or MRSA infections:

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems. But they can also happen in communities. Poor hygiene and crowded living conditions are risk factors for MRSA infection. Staph or MRSA infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions.

-- Keep your hands clean. Wash them thoroughly with soap and water or use 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 and razors.

-- At health clubs, wipe surfaces of gym equipment before and after use.





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