Community-Associated MRSA has emerged in the general population as a frequent cause of skin infections (boils, abscesses, furuncles, etc.), and occasionally more invasive infections in healthy individuals lacking the usual risk factors for bacterial infection.
Outbreaks of CA-MRSA have been described in numerous community settings and among varied population. CA-MRSA is most frequently transmitted when the following conditions, characterized by the CDC as the % C’s, are present:
- Crowding many people in close quarters or proximity for periods of time.
- Contact (skin-to-skin contact), such as sports activities.
- Compromised skin (cuts or abrasions).
- Contaminated items or surfaces.
- Lack of Cleanliness
The prevalence of CA-MRSA calls for awareness, education, and control measures in a variety of community settings.