MRSA reported at HCHS

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By Becky Barnes

School officials in Harrison County are facing a confirmed case of MRSA, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin.

According to Dee Gee Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, the administration received confirmation Monday afternoon.

The high school student was placed on homebound and will return to classes once a release has been provided by the students doctor.

On Tuesday, all Harrison County students will be taking home a packet with information about MRSA.

As well, Fischer said a second shift custodial staff worked Monday night with the most potent cleaning supplies to stay the spread of the infection.

We are taking precautionary measures at our schools, instituting an intensive cleaning regime advised by the WEDCO Health Department and Center for Disease Control, said superintendent Andy Dotson in a letter to parents. We are also taking steps to educate our families about this type of staph infection.

District nurse Judy Feeback stated in the letter that the common signs of a skin infection include redness, warmth, swelling and tenderness.

The statement indicated that MRSA will often present with the appearance of what might be considered a spider bite, boil, abscess or drainage.

If it is left untreated, it could progress into a more serious illness, according to the administration-released statement.

Feeback and Dotson recommend that anyone who has any of these symptoms to call their physician or the health department.