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MRSA attacks school district twice in a year

May 01, 2009
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FRANKFORT, IL — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been identified at Grand Prairie Elementary School, making it the second confirmed case in the Frankfort School District 157-C in just over a year, according to the Frankfort Station.
The student who tested positive for the infection was out of school prior to the diagnosis and there is no evidence the student contracted the infection while in school, the story stated.
A letter was posted on the district’s website and also sent home to parents and guardians to educate them about MRSA and to offer tips to keep themselves and their children safe and healthy, the story noted.
Custodians at Grand Prairie Elementary School have been taking extra precautions to ensure the school is clean and that surfaces are disinfected to minimize the risk of contamination, the story added.
According to the story, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer greatly reduces the risk of spreading infections like MRSA.
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