My partner recently got diagnosed with a MRSA infection, with the right antibiotics the infection is gone but the last test still came back positive for MRSA, is it possible for me to catch MRSA from my partner while there is no active infection/wound?
Your partner's infection is probably colonized. Colonized is when a person carries the organism/bacteria but shows no clinical signs or symptoms of infection. For Staph aureus the most common body site colonized is the nose.
If you are a MRSA carrier, you still have the bacteria on your skin and in your nose. If you don’t wash your hands properly, things that you use or touch with your hands can give the bacteria to other people. MRSA can also be found in the liquid that comes out of your nose or mouth when you cough or sneeze.
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