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Staphylococcus bacteria are contagious, which means that anyone can contract a staph infection. However, certain environments put you at a greater risk of developing this type of infection. Staph is more likely to be found in places that are crowded, such as dormitories, or where there is a lot of skin-to-skin contact, such as daycare centers.
How Contagious Are Staph Infections?A staph infection is caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. There are several different types of Staphylococcus bacteria ("staph" for short) that can cause infections in humans (see Staph Infection Causes). Most of the time, they cause skin infections; however, staph bacteria can also cause more serious infections.
- Frequent skin-to-skin contact
- Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions)
- Contaminated items and surfaces
- Lack of cleanliness.