Rhinebeck parents told about possible staph
RHINEBECK — A note sent home to parents from Joseph Phelan, superintendent of the Rhinebeck Central School District, said a middle school student has a suspected case of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.
MRSA infections that occur in otherwise healthy people who have not been recently (within the past year) hospitalized or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters) are known as community-associated (CA)-MRSA infections. These infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions
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WHAT CAN YOU DO:
Wash your hands often (for at least 30 seconds)
FOR MORE INFO – PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES.
Mayo Clinic : www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735