MRSA Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?

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MRSA Under the Microscope (1)

When seen under a microscope, MRSA looks like the Greek and Latin root words its name comes from.
When seen under a microscope, MRSA looks like the Greek and Latin root words its name comes from. Photo in the public domain from PHIL (CDC's Public Health Image Library)

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question, "What Does MRSA Look Like?"

This photo shows MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as seen under an electron microscope, magnified 9,560 times.

As you can see, it looks like berries, in bunches like grapes. Learn more about the name MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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MRSA Under the Microscope (2)

MRSA under an electron microscope multiplied 20,000 times
MRSA under an electron microscope multiplied 20,000 times. Photo in the public domain from PHIL (CDC's Public Health Image Library)

A closer look at MRSA. This photo shows what MRSA, methicillin-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, looks like magnified 20,000 times under an electron microscope.

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3. A MRSA Infected Incision

An open incision, two years after surgery, still healing from a MRSA infection.
An open incision, two years after surgery, still healing from a MRSA infection. JodiJacobson / iStockphoto.com

Staph infections, like MRSA, can enter the body through an incision or cut. This incision is in the later stages, after two years of treatment, from a MRSA infection.

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4 - MRSA May Look Like a Spider Bite

Does this look like a spider bite to you? It's really MRSA.
Does this look like a spider bite to you? It's really MRSA. Photo in the public domain from PHIL (CDC's Public Health Image Library)

Depending on how it's acquired, the early stages of MRSA may look like a spider bite.

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MRSA May Appear as a Pustule

MRSA may appear first as a pustule.
MRSA may appear first as a pustule. Photo in the public domain from PHIL (CDC's Public Health Image Library)

Early MRSA can appear as a large red patch with a pustule, or without.

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MRSA Is Related to Impetigo

This child was diagnosed with impetigo.
This child was diagnosed with impetigo. Photo in the public domain from PHIL (CDC's Public Health Image Library)

This child was diagnosed with impetigo, a highly contagious infectious disease that can be caused by Staphylococcus aureus, related to the bacteria that causes MRSA.

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