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MRSA Alert Issued at Long Island, NY High School

October 7th, 2011

By Wilton Moran, CDA Project Engineer

Headlines announcing new cases of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are always unsettling for the public, as MRSA can be a deadly infection.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 85% of the most serious MRSA infections are associated with a healthcare exposure, nearly 14% of the infections are community-associated.  While frightening, each case announced presents an opportunity to further educate Americans about this important public health issue. A new case of the staph bacteria that does not respond to some antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections was recently confirmed at a New York area high school, causing the school district to distribute an alert to parents and students. As stated by the CDC, MRSA Infections are usually spread by having contact with someone’s skin infection or personal items they have used, like towels, bandages, or razors that touched their infected skin. MRSA can also be transferred from person to person through public touch surfaces such railings and door handles.

For information about MRSA symptoms and prevention, visit http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/.  Media coverage of the case confirmed in New York can be found at http://online.wsj.com/article/APaff0d3acdada4381ad65a34a659d21d8.html and http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/new-mrsa-case-at-hauppauge-high-1.3225121?qr=1.

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