MRSA in Schools

No need to panic!

The steps to reduce or eliminate further infections are very simple…but everyone has to participate. Lincoln Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio is dealing with this right now.

What is MRSA and how can you prevent infections?

“MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph infection that has developed a resistance to commonly-used antibiotics, making it difficult to treat.

“The CDC says that that unless directed by a physician, students with MRSA infections should not be excluded from school and that general good hygiene practices will go a long way toward protecting students and faculty. The CDC also says it usually is not necessary to inform the entire school community about one case of a MRSA infection.

“It really goes back to personal hygiene all the time, hand washing and keeping wounds covered all the time, whether its identified as MRSA or not,” said Conover.”

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/health-department-school-monitor-mrsa/nXgRJ/

What are “good hygiene practices?”

Very simple:

  1. Wash your hands regularly and use the correct procedure for maximum efficacy
  2. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and wash your hand more often
  3. Keep all infectious wounds covered (as stated above)

Taking these steps require a minimum amount of effort, but can make all the difference in your life and the people around you.

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