El Paso doctor says MRSA can spread quickly
With cases of MRSA in Las Cruces, Dr. Rana Kronfol said the infection can spread pretty easily.
"It's mostly when you have a lot of people together. It does require skin-to-skin contact," she said.
Kronfol works at El Paso Pediatric Associates.
MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is caused when the strain of bacteria goes into the bloodstream and becomes an infection, according to Kronfol.
It can be difficult to treat because it is resistant to most common antibiotics, she said.
"There are about two-three common antibiotics that can treat it," she said. "One of our last resorts is using one of the IV antibiotics, which means admission to the hospital to be treated."
Kronfol said good hand-washing and monitoring open wounds are the best prevention techniques.
"You really want to look at any open wound that you have. It could be something like a mosquito bite," she said. "If you look at a wound and it slowly becomes red and very tender, you have a fever, the redness spreads very quickly, you do need to go in and get it checked out."
It's important to get potentially infected wounds checked out quickly because the infection can cause more severe problems, such as pneumonia or blood infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"If that happens, then that does become a much longer and more aggressive form of treatment, so that does need to be addressed quickly," Kronfol said.