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What does MRSA mean?

MRSA means methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant (insensitive) to most types of antibiotics and is also called the hospital bacterium because the bacterium mainly occurs in hospitals. The bacterium is especially dangerous for people who have a weak health (people with open wounds, patients of the intensive-care department, etc.). There are often still alternative antibiotics to use against this bacterium. Contamination is primarily due to physical contact, and sometimes through inhaled bacteria. People with low resistance can suffer a lot from the MRSA bacterium, it enters the body and will not be cleared by the immunity system. The bacterium is then able to spread to other organs and can therefore cause problems throughout the body. Because the bacterium is increasingly difficult to combat, the Government has determined that MRSA should be addressed according to the ' Search and Destroy ' policy (aimed at taking precautionary measures to prevent MRSA contamination). More information can be found on the RIVM website.

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