MRSA infections are spreading more commonly in the community - even among healthy children and adults. Since MRSA is easily spread in close quarters, childcare centers may be especially vulnerable to the spread of MRSA.
While MRSA is usually spread by skin-to-skin contact, it may also spread through contact with personal items, like toys or blankets, which have been contaminated with the bacteria and then shared with other children. This is why it is crucial for childcare centers to take these simple steps to help reduce the spread of MRSA:
Childcare providers: You should notify parents of any suspected MRSA infections.
Parents: If you suspect that your child has a MRSA infection, you should contact a licensed health care professional, especially if the infection is large, painful, warm to the touch, or does not heal by itself.
To learn more about how to help reduce the spread of MRSA in childcare centers, download the STOP MRSA Now Playbook.