Infection control is a method of protecting patients, healthcare workers and visitors from getting infections in the hospital and in the home. Infection control is important because people with CF can unknowingly spread germs (bacteria) to other people with CF.
People with CF should be aware that their lungs can become infected with bacteria very easily. In a young person with CF, bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Haemophilus influenzae are most common. As people with CF grow older Pseudomonas aeruginosa is most common. Pseudomonas aerouginosa affects two thirds of adults with CF. Some other less common bacteria are methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia).
People with CF related lung disease often have bugs (bacteria) in the lungs. Read more about the different bacteria and infection control practices below.