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Chancellor Middle School reports MRSA case
A letter sent home Monday informed parents of Chancellor Middle School students that a case of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was identified at the school.
The student has received the appropriate treatment and been cleared by a physician to return to school, said the letter.
MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In a community, rather than a hospital setting, MRSA often begins as a painful skin boil and is spread by skin-to-skin contact. The symptoms may include redness, areas warm to the touch, pain, drainage, discomfort and swelling.
It is treated by draining and antibiotics, which the community strains respond to.
School officials asked parents to contact a physician if their child is displaying any symptoms of MRSA, and to report any diagnosis of the disease to the school.
The letter also assured parents that appropriate cleaning measures have been instituted in the school.
The Mayo Clinic urges people to wash hands, keep personal items personal, cover wounds, shower after athletic games or practices and sanitize linens to stifle the spread of MRSA.
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