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Confirmed MRSA case in Higley High School

August 25, 2009
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GILBERT, AZ — A student athlete at Higley High School recently came down with a confirmed case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a contagious, antibiotic-resistant skin infection, according to KUPT-TV.
The student was hospitalized for treatment and has not practiced with the team since the infection was identified, the story stated.
A letter was sent home to parents and guardians of Higley students notifying them of the situation and offering tips to ensure the safety and well-being of themselves as well as the students, the story noted.
According to the story, the district has taken all the necessary precautions as outlined by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), including cleaning the Higley High School locker rooms, weight room, restrooms, classrooms, door handles and cafeteria areas with a cleaning solution recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC strongly recommends thorough and frequent hand washing, covering of wounds, washing of athletic clothing every day and insists that students do not share clothing articles, towels, razors, personal items, etc., the story added.
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