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7. How can I prevent MRSA from spreading at home?

Regular handwashing by carriers and family members is the simplest and most effective way.

Bandages soiled with secretions must be thrown out in a closed plastic bag. No particular measures are required for dishes and utensils. Clothes belonging to a person who is an MRSA-colonized patient can be washed in the usual way with a standard commercial detergent in hot or warm water.

MRSA is no more dangerous than other bacteria normally present on the skin of healthy individuals. If someone in the home is ill and has a weakened immune system, other measures may be necessary, and it is important to discuss this with a physician or nurse before the MRSA-carrier goes home.

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