Just got an email from the Haverford Middle School. Turns out the NFL isn't the only organization with a bacterial problem. A student has been diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, colloquially pronounced "MERR-sahh" by the medical community). This is a very strong, antibiotics-resistant bacterial infection that can kill people. Although the numbers of deaths have decreased in recent years, it can still be a cause of death for the infected. It is not a very strong bacteria outside the body but it is still highly contagious in skin-to-skin contact and skin-to-surface contact (fabrics, toilet seats, etc.). The HMS sent out a notification, but the CDC says it is not necessary to close a school or even inform the public if a student is infected with MRSA: Closing a School Because of an MRSA Infection The decision to close a school for any communicable disease should be made by school officials in consultation with local and/or state public health officials. However, in most cases, it is not necessary to close schools because of an MRSA infection in a student. It is important to note that MRSA transmission can be prevented by simple measures such as hand hygiene and covering infections. Keep an eye out for red, swelling infections, and get more informed about MRSA. Scan the CDC website. Here's some more reading from trusted authorities: Maryn McKenna Superbug. (Click on this affiliate link to buy the book and help support this website). WIRED Science MRSA The attached PDF is a letter from Mr. Horan, HMS school Principal. He says they will be cleaning the school. He includes some preventative steps your child can take to help her avoid the infection: • Wash hands frequently using soap and warm water. • Shower immediately after all athletic practices and competitions. • Wash all practice gear immediately after game days and frequently after practices (including pads). • Do not share towels, razors or personal … [Read more...]