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Understanding Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Author(s): by Mary Pat Bolton, MA, RD, LD

Risk for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Serious MRSA disease can strike anyone, regardless of age and health. Older adults and people with chronic illnesses are at heightened risk of developing serious infections because their immune systems are no longer strong. Children and young adults also are at risk because their immune systems aren’t fully developed. Health care workers and people who have close contact with health care workers have an increased risk of exposure to MRSA infections. Outbreaks also have occurred among soldiers, athletes, prison inmates, and residents of childcare or residential care facilities.