MRSA Facts and Fiction: What Does MRSA Look Like?

Video from WLWT-TV/DT showing what MRSA looks like.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), also known as oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA), multiple-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, CA-MRSA (community-acquired MRSA) and HA-MRSA (hospital-acquired MRSA.

S. aureus most commonly colonizes the anterior nares (the nostrils), although the respiratory tract, open wounds, intravenous catheters, and urinary tract are also potential sites for infection. Healthy individuals may carry MRSA asymptomatically for periods ranging from a few weeks to many years. Patients with compromised immune systems are at a significantly greater risk of symptomatic secondary infection. It is also known as a superbug.

What does the MRSA infection look like?