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Gram positive cocci in clusters, coagulase positive
Can be broadly divided into health-care associated (HA) and community associated (CA).
HA-MRSA is associated with many hospital associated infections ranging from minor/severe skin and soft tissue infections to bloodstream infections and severe pneumonia.
It also causes many device associated infection and prosthetic infections.
CA-MRSA is associated with skin and soft tissue infections (e.g. abscesses) and necrotizing pneumonias. However, it can also cause many severe infections as with HA-MRSA.
Highly aggressive pathogen. Infectious Diseases consult recommended for invasive disease.
MRSA Colonization use Routine Practices. If new/active infection use Contact Precautions until infection has been treated.