What is MRSA?

Staphylococcus aureus or “staph” is a bacteria that commonly lives on our skin, in our noses or under our armpits and normally doesn’t cause a problem. It is when they get inside our bodies that they can cause infections that need to be treated with antibiotics. MRSA is a special kind of staph that has become resistant to our normal antibiotics – so we need to use special antibiotics and medications to get rid of the infection.

MRSA in the Community

Northland is a massive hub for MRSA. We have nearly twice the rate of infection as the national average. At the doctors and in schools we see the infection far too often.

MRSA Project

The MRSA Project has been running in Kaitaia under The Moko Foundation since July 2016 and finished in early 2018. The team who specialised in finding and treating MRSA cases achieved the following:

· Reduced the rates of MRSA in vulnerable areas

· Prevented its spread

· Provided easy to understand information about the effects of MRSA and its treatment

· Improved the quality of life for whanau who are affected by MRSA