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.

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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

HOW IT IS SPREAD:

  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylocccus aureus)
  • usually spreads from person to person through
  • hands or close proximity to skin to skin contact.
  • Drainage from an infected wound can spread MRSA
  • to other parts of the body or to other people.
  • We are all at risk for getting a MRSA infection,
  • because MRSA can live on the skin and survive on
  • some surfaces for prolonged periods of time.
  • WHAT CAN YOU DO:

        Wash your hands often (for at least 30 seconds)

  • Use alcohol-based sanitizing gel
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, (counters,
  • door knobs) shared items (sports equipment, toys).
  • Do not share personal hygiene items.
  • Keep wounds clean and covered with a dry bandage.
  • FOR MORE INFO – PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES. 

    CDC: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa.html

    Mayo Clinic  :  www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735