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How do other illnesses affect MRSA?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is most often spread through hospitals and other health-care facilities, like dialysis centers. So if you have an illness or condition that requires you to get dialysis or spend a long time in the hospital, your chances of getting MRSA are increased. Any condition that results in a break in the skin, including surgery, diabetes requiring insulin injections, or skin infections, increase your chances as well. Also, if you have an illness or condition that weakens your immune system, you're at a higher risk of getting MRSA, and will have a harder time getting rid of the infection.

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