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MRSA case reported at Westlake middle school

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WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -

The Westlake School District has sent a letter home to parents about a MRSA case at Lee Burneson Middle School.

Here is the letter:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This is to advise you that this afternoon, Sept. 7, 2012 we were informed by the family of a Lee Burneson Middle School student that their child had contracted a MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infection. We appreciate the family's communication and willingness to share pertinent information in order to ensure the wellness of the building and to minimize misinformation resulting from rumors. It is clear the case was not contracted in the school environment. The student, who does not participate in organized sports, has not been at school since it was contracted and received medical intervention very quickly. We have no reason to believe that any student is at risk of having been exposed to MRSA.

We are recognizing this as an opportunity to reinforce the safeguards and recommendations to prevent the spread of this potentially harmful bacterium. From what we know about MRSA, early detection and attention provides the best opportunity for successful treatment. We are writing to inform you that our District will be posting information on our website (www.wlake.org) provided by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health to help families understand measures that can be taken to help safeguard your health.

Please be assured our District takes a proactive approach and institutes measures to help prevent the spread of bacteria, germs and MRSA. Our custodians clean all areas regularly with a disinfectant and work closely with our health department in such circumstances. MRSA bacteria live on the skin and may be introduced into your child's environment at any time. In order to prevent this from happening, effective hand washing, body cleanliness and wound care remain the primary means to prevent the spread of such infection. We are communicating and emphasizing this in the buildings, through our athletic department and to our community. Early treatment of suspected MRSA cases is important. If your child shows any symptoms of MRSA, be sure to consult your health care provider as soon as possible. We have enclosed a fact sheet to help you better understand MRSA.

Again it is important to note we have no reason to believe that any student was at risk of having been exposed to MRSA, but we do recognize the importance of keeping our school community informed and educating about prevention practices.

Westlake City School District

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