How Contagious Is MRSA?

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MRSA is very contagious, says MRSA is a common concern in hospitals and residential care facilities, but infections may break out in gyms, contact sports, jails, military barracks and other overcrowded spaces, explains Mayo Clinic.

MRSA is spread through contact with infected objects or persons, explains WebMD. There are two main types, says Mayo Clinic. MRSA contracted through caring for sick people is called healthcare-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. MRSA infections in the general population are known as community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA.

One notable example of CA-MRSA occurred in 2013 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team had three players infected with the illness, explains the Boston Globe. By following sanitary protocol, the NFL team kept the infection from spreading to the rest of the players, even in the high-risk environment involving contact sports, shared showers and crowded spaces.