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Elementary school staffer sickened with MRSA

STREETSBORO, OH (WOIO) -

An elementary school staffer in Streetsboro sickened with MRSA.

19 Action News has learned Principal Mike Daulbaugh posted a letter on the district's website on September 21st, alerting parents to the health situation.

Daulbaugh says the Campus Elementary School staff member has received treatment with appropriate antibiotics and is now recovering at home.

He also assures parents that the school has been thoroughly cleaned and all school officials  and nurses have been briefed with MRSA information.

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you of a health issue that has been recently reported to me. A case of MRSA has been diagnosed in one of our staff members.

A number of school systems in our region have reported cases of students with a bacterial infection of the skin that is resistant to the more common forms of antibiotics.

The infection is called Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus or MRSA. MRSA is not new; it has been around for nearly two decades. Most school districts experience one or more cases each year. The skin condition most commonly looks like an infected pimple or boils and can worsen to include redness, warmth, swelling, pain and discharge. It can be mistaken as a spider or insect bite. MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact and is more common in athletes because of close personal contact.

At this time, the Streetsboro City Schools District has one confirmed case of MRSA at Campus Elementary. The staff member has received treatment with appropriate antibiotics and is at home doing fine.

Please be assured that the Streetsboro City Schools are taking appropriate measures. All principals and school nurses have received prevention information. The appropriate actions have been taken to sanitize and disinfect any suspected areas.

You and your family can prevent the spread of MRSA by following good hygiene practices.

1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

2. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.

3. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

4. Wipe surfaces of exercise equipment before and after use.

Early treatment of suspected MRSA is important. If you are concerned about a wound or sore on your child, consult your health care provider.

Health situations such as this can cause anxiety for children and parents. We want to assure you that our number one concern is the health and welfare of our students. If you would like additional information on MRSA, it is available on our district website, www.streetsboroschools.com

Sincerely,

Mike Daulbaugh, Principal
Campus Elementary School

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