Wash Hands! 

  • Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water for 15 seconds or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer 

Don't Share! 

  • Razors 
  • Towels, Wash Cloths, sheets-  wash them frequently! 

Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with bandage until healed 

  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages 


  • May look like pimple or boil; can be red, swollen, painful, have pus or drainage 
  • Is mainly transmitted from a patient's own nose and throat, but may be transmitted skin to skin and from contaminated surfaces 
  • Can live on items and surfaces that have been infected, avoid these surfaces
  • Enters in any opening in skin
  • Multiplies in crowded living conditions and with poor hygiene 

For additional information, view Centers for Disease Control