3 local students battling MRSA

October 2, 2008 3:35:53 PM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania high school is dealing with an outbreak of a staph infection.

Three students at Northampton Area High School now have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is a type of skin infection that can be fatal if not treated. Superintendent Linda Firestone says the students with MRSA are getting medical care. She sent a letter to parents Wednesday urging good hygiene practices to prevent spreading the infection.

This is the second time within a year that the school had trouble with MRSA. In November 2007, parents of a student there notified the school that their child had the infection.

A Philadelphia high school student died of MRSA last month.

On the Net: School district's information:

http://www.northampton.k12.pa.us/news.cfm?story260

The number of cases of MRSA-infections acquired in the community has been growing over the past several years. Many people say the skin infection starts out looking like a pimple or boil and then quickly gets worse.

If you notice what appears to be a boil or spider-bite and it is becoming more tender or red and swollen, you should visit your doctor so he or she can test for MRSA. There are anti-biotics available to treat the infection.

To prevent MRSA: -Practice good hygeine including frequent and thorough hand-washing

-Keep cuts and scraps clean and covered with a bandage

-Do not share personal items such as razors or towels

WPVI and wire service were used for this story.

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