According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of MRSA infections normally start as small pimple-looking bumps on the skin that sometimes resemble spider bites or boils. The danger of MRSA is that these seemingly harmless-looking bumps quickly turn into deep abscesses in the skin. Even with treatment it is possible for MRSA to cause abscesses deep enough to result in life-threatening infections.
According to theMRSA.com, MRSA by definition is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This particular strain of staph infection is antibiotic resistant and can be fatal. MRSA is often spread in hospital settings where people with already weak immune systems cannot effectively fight infection. Contracting MRSA does not always require direct contact with an infected person. Touching surfaces such as door knobs or bathroom surfaces can spread the bacteria.
It is reported by theMRSA.com that over 126,000 people in the United States are hospitalized with MRSA each year, with roughly 5,000 of those cases being fatal. While these statistics may seem frightening, the Centers for Disease Control reports that approximately 33 percent of people carry staph infections in their noses, while two in every 100 people carry MRSA. As of 2014, studies show that the rate of infection is dropping but MRSA is still a threat to public health.