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How common is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus?

The bacteria that causes all staph infections is rather common. About one-third of the population carries the bacteria around on their skin or noses all the time. Not everyone who carries the bacteria is affected by it or experiences symptoms, though. And of all the staph infections that people suffer from, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the less common ones. Less than two percent of the U.S. population have MRSA; of those, less than 20 percent have the type of MRSA considered transmissible from one person to another.

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