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How is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) diagnosed?

If you're displaying the characteristic symptoms of a staph infection like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a doctor will want to take a sample of your tissue or of the fluids from your nose to confirm the diagnosis. Laboratory workers will test the sample for the tell-tale bacteria. Depending on the testing methods used, the diagnosis will be confirmed in a few hours or up to two days.

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