Winning the Superbug Battle Against MRSA

To protect patients, hospitals need to stay clear of germs, especially superbugs. These strains of bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, making it difficult to treat the serious infections they often cause.

Disinfectants, like Clorox® Regular Bleach2 can help make sure hard surfaces in a hospital are as germ-free as possible. Clorox® Beach helps kill 99.9% of germs, including MRSA, a common superbug that can have deadly consequences.

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, causes more than 90,000 potentially deadly infections in the U.S. each year. Often found on the skin and in the nose, MRSA is easily spread by skin-to-skin contact or by touching contaminated items or surfaces.1 While MRSA can cause painful, red skin infections, people can carry MRSA and not have any symptoms, but still transmit the bacteria to others.

With MRSA becoming more common and harder to treat, hospitals are developing rigorous prevention protocols, including relying on Clorox® Bleach products to stop this superbug in its tracks.2

The Clorox Company is equally committed to helping prevent the spread of MRSA. As part of this commitment, Clorox supports the MRSA Survivors Network to educate community members about the importance of understanding more about MRSA and how they can help prevent the spread of MRSA in their community.

While MRSA is typically associated with hospitals, it is increasingly spreading to public settings such as gyms, locker rooms, schools and households.

At home, MRSA bacteria can remain on surfaces after someone touches them, making it possible for someone else to pick them up. It is estimated that MRSA can live for several days on most objects.3 That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends disinfecting surfaces which are likely to come in contact with skin with an EPA-registered disinfectant, such as Clorox® Regular Bleach2.4

To help reduce the spread of MRSA at home, you can take practical steps such as washing hands frequently or not sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

You can also use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. Dilute 1/2 cup of disinfecting bleach, such as Clorox® Regular Bleach2, in 1 gallon of water. Make sure to use clean cloths to avoid spreading MRSA from one surface to another.

With these simple steps, households and hospitals alike can win the superbug battle.


1http://www.stopmrsanow.org/get-the-facts.html

2https://www.cloroxprofessional.com/assets/pdf/mrsa.pdf

3http://stopmrsanow.org/PDFS/MRSA-Playbook.pdf

4http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html