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Second MRSA case confirmed in Harrison schools

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By Becky Barnes

Letters were sent home with students on Friday reporting that a second incident of MRSA had been confirmed in Harrison County schools.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin.

According to Dee Gee Fischer, assistant superintendent, administration was not notified of the case until the student returned to school.

She said the Harrison County Middle School student was out of school the required seven days and brought a doctors note confirming the diagnosis.

She said the diagnosis was made on Sept. 10 and the student did not return to class until Sept. 19.

She added that as far as school and central office administration is aware, there are no confirmed cases within the six public schools.

The school system is notified by either the doctor or Wedco health officials. That notification was made within the students seven-day absence.

HIPPA regulations make it difficult for specific notifications to be made to schools, said Judy Feeback, school district health coordinator.