According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in June, 2006, there were at least 44 cases of MRSA infections linked to tattoos in 2004 and 2005.
Telling the doctor about a recent tattoo and asking about MRSA can alert him or her to the possibility of a resistant infection.
MRSA is difficult to treat because it's resistant to many of the drugs which doctors use to treat skin infections.
In recent years, however, a strain of MRSA has begun appearing among the general public.
The bacteria involved is called Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
"Community-Acquired MRSA Infections Rising: Pediatric, Soft Tissue Infections."
MRSA usually develops in hospitalized patients, not in the general population.
Luckily, with the right antibiotics, MRSA infection is almost always curable.
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one specific strain.
So it's not surprising that MRSA would appear in hospitalized patients.