A hospital staff member that is a carrier of MRSA just needs to sneeze into their hand and turn a door knob to get the spreading started. Prevention, it is easy, but, it will take a few minutes of your time.
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/fs021025.htm, click at this site for correct hand washing guidelines.
The BC Health Files states for hospital visits, "Important: If you may be a carrier of MRSA and are going to be admitted into hospital, it is very important for you to let hospital admitting staff know. Steps will be taken to protect other patients and hospital staff from MRSA infection." This should be the case in all institutions. At the hospital you need to protect those that are seriously ill-Yes.
What about in the community with the weak elderly, young children, or immunocompramised individuals. Do they not have the right to be protected like the Hospital Staff?
It IS important to let your employer, school, daycare...etc know if you are a carrier of MRSA.
BC HealthFile #73, September 2005. http://www.bchealthguide.org/healthfiles/hfile73.stm#hf0735