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MRSA found at elementary school

March 19, 2009
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STREETSBORO, OH — A visitor who was recently at Wait Primary School was diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to The Gateway News.
Parents were notified about the potential risk of contamination from the individual and school officials want to make sure students are washing their hands regularly and taking showers or baths, the story stated.
The custodial staff has been spending extra time cleaning areas where the individual had been, and “specialized chemicals” will be used in those areas over the weekend to make sure they are "double clean," the story noted.
Superintendent Linda T. Keller said the individual was not a student, but declined to provide more details about the situation, the story added.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and is usually a skin infection with symptoms of abscesses, boils and pus-filled lesions. It is normally contracted by people with weakened immune systems in hospitals and health care facilities, but can also be spread by skin-to-skin contact or by items that have come in skin contact with an infection.
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