A MRSA outbreak is the occurrence of 3 or more related MRSA infections. The infections are related because they stem from a common source. The source is the person from whom the bacteria initially spread.
- MRSA outbreaks occur more frequently in confined groups. Increased personal contact presents greater opportunity for the spread of MRSA bacteria. Confined groups include:
- Long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities
Prompt Action Required
- MRSA outbreaks require prompt action, usually with the assistance of the local health department. The goal is to:
- Isolate the source, and
- Prevent spread of infection.