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What is Mercer bacteria?

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Mercer bacteria, referred to as MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a strain of staph bacteria that causes infections in various parts of the body, states WebMD. MRSA is sometimes called a superbug as it's more difficult to treat because of its resistance to many regularly used antibiotics.

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Mercer bacteria are mostly acquired in hospitals or health care settings such as dialysis centers and nursing homes and are known as health care-associated MRSA, notes Mayo Clinic. MRSA can also be acquired in the community, especially in crowded or public places such as gyms, schools and shopping centers and are referred to as community-associated MRSA, states Staph Infection Resources.

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