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No, it doesn't have to be skin to skin. If infected, under the right circumstances, a person can infect any object, and under the right conditions, it can live for a very long time...depending on the material, and moisture levels, etc.
Bedding, clothing, other material-based items, toys, razors, handrails, etc. So, shared items, or skin to skin.
Wait, I can give you official info, just by copying and pasting! Here:
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics.
In the community (where you live, work, shop, and go to school), MRSA most often causes skin infections. In some cases, it causes pneumonia (lung infection) and other infections. If left untreated, MRSA infections can become severe and cause sepsis—the body’s extreme response to an infection.
In places such as a hospital or nursing home, MRSA can cause severe problems such as:
•surgical site infections.
Anyone can get MRSA. The risk increases with activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies.
Some of the people who carry MRSA can go on to get a MRSA infection. Non-intact skin, such as when there are abrasions or incisions, is often the site of an MRSA infection. Athletes, daycare and school students, military personnel in barracks, and those who receive inpatient medical care or have surgery or medical devices inserted in their body are at higher risk of MRSA infection.
MRSA is usually spread in the community by contact with infected people or things that are carrying the bacteria. This includes through contact with a contaminated wound or by sharing personal items that have touched infected skin.
The symptoms of a MRSA infection depend on the part of the body that is infected. For example, people with MRSA skin infections often can get swelling, warmth, redness, and pain in infected skin. In most cases it is hard to tell if an infection is due to MRSA or another type of bacteria without laboratory tests that your doctor can order. Some MRSA skin infections can have a fairly typical appearance and can be confused with a spider bite.
Most S. aureus skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that might be:
•warm to the touch
•full of pus or other drainage
•accompanied by a fever
You cannot tell by looking at the skin if it’s a staph infection (including MRSA).
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