How Likely Am I To Catch MRSA?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I'm very tied and my nose burns and hurts and my head hurts what should I do
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Julii Brainard answered
There's a high chance that you already have it, well, that you are colonised with it. 44% of the UK population is thought to be colonised with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This is no worse than other varieties of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, but because it is so resistant to a large range of antibiotics, if it starts to run rampant in a person's body, it can be very difficult to eradicate.

For comparison, in the rest of Europe only about 15% of the population is usually colonised by MRSA (ranging from less than 1% in Scandanavia to almost 50% in Greece).

MRSA we think of as a hospital bug, because opportunities for the germ to create a major infection are so high in hospital. People in hospital often have open wounds, reduced immune system function and are concentrated in areas where they can easily come into contact with other people's microbes.

Good estimates on how many people in the UK die from MRSA-related illness are hard to obtain, but the numbers in 2003 were estimated at 271 where MRSA was a primary cause, and perhaps as many as 1000 where MRSA was a contributary factor. Compare that to the millions of hospital vists every year.

So, unless you are in hospital for a long stay, undergoing major surgery and suffering from a poor immune system response, the odds are highly unlikely MRSA will affect or hurt you.
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Anonymous commented
This is false!!!! I never once was near a hospital or anything of that sort and I ended up with Mrsa! Soo these doctors are lying to you.. It is now air born and anyone can get it!

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