Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Recent reports on the prevalence of MRSA, and recent unfortunate student deaths associated with MRSA have prompted much telephone activity and many questions regarding available data in Michigan.

Individual case reports of MRSA are not reportable in Michigan; therefore prevalence rates for either Healthcare Associated - MRSA (HA-MRSA) or Community Associated - MRSA CA-MRSA) is unknown.

Outbreaks are, however, reportable to the local health jurisdiction. An outbreak is defined as "three or more culture positive cases in a facility or in a community that are epidemiologically linked where transmission/spread is plausible."

MDCH has an educational brochure and poster detailing prevention of MRSA:

MDCH MRSA Prevention and Control Tri-Fold Brochure

MDCH MRSA Prevention and Control Poster

Resource Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new web site that will help answer many questions about management of MRSA in Schools. The web site is listed here below. This was not included on the HAN last Thursday, as it recently became available.

Treatment guidelines for CA-MRSA

The CDC has web sites that provides information on HA-MRSA prevention and control and CA-MRSA prevention and control.

The CDC also hosts a list of frequently asked questions about MSRA for athletes.

New documents for outpatient management of SSTIs in era of MRSA that was co-developed by CDC, American Medical Association and IDSA.