Sims said that if you suspect you might have a MRSA infection, go to your doctor for treatment and let your doctor know if you have other people or pets in your household so your doctor can recommend appropriate treatment or prevention steps for them.
The best way to prevent these infections, Sims said, is to practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently. If you know you have a MRSA infection, avoid direct contact with other people and animals until you've been treated.
To learn more about MRSA, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Andreas Sing, M.D., head, infectiology, Bavarian Food and Health Safety Authority, Germany; Matthew Sims, M.D., Ph.D., director, infectious disease research program, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.; March 13, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine