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MRSA has schools on alert

September 29, 2009
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SUNBURY, PA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one in ten cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) involve people who acquired the potentially deadly infection in a community setting, such as a school, according to The Daily Item.
Schools are particularly at risk because athletic programs and locker rooms can provide the staph bacteria with fertile breeding grounds and a means of cross contamination, the article stated.
During one school board meeting in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, MRSA issues were raised by a parent and school officials said, “After a spate of MRSA cases in 2008, the district beefed up its preventative measures in an effort to keep the problem in check,” reported the article.
In Milton schools, which have not had reported outbreaks, Rod Harris, who is the athletic director, added, “We’ve increased the frequency of maintenance staff wiping down handrails, door knobs and other areas frequently touched by many people. These are all being wiped down twice a day now.”
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