How Long Can MRSA Infection Be Contagious?

Q:
How long can MRSA infection be contagious?

A:
As long as there are active MRSA bacteria in or on an individual, MRSA is contagious. In other words, once the bacteria are colonizing or infecting a person, MRSA can be contagious.

Colonizing a person means that the bacteria exist in a person but have not caused an infection yet. If a person is colonized by MRSA, he can be contagious for an indefinite period of time.

What’s more, the bacteria can be viable on some surfaces for several months if the sanitation work is absent.

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