This page is for healthcare providers. For more general information, see our MRSA page.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. Many people carry it in their nose or on their skin. Most infections affect the skin. It can infect other organs, as well. Without treatment, infections can be life-threatening or cause severe complications like sepsis or endocarditis.
Because MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics, it can be hard to get rid of. Preventing infection is the easiest way to protect patients and their families.
MRSA is not a reportable condition.
Though not mandatory, hospitals and some clinics and long-term care facilities report MRSA-positive cultures. This helps us track disease trends and understand MRSA prevalence in Pierce County.
To report a MRSA-positive lab culture, use our webpage or call us at (253) 798-6534.
- Guidelines for evaluation and management of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infections in outpatient settings.
- What's happening with MRSA in Pierce County?
- Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections.
For patients and families
- Living with MRSA booklet.
- Protect yourself against MRSA flyer (also available in Spanish).
- Moving to a hospital or skilled nursing facility—what to expect when you have MRSA.