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MRSA Forum Following Students Death

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A public meeting was held Tuesday night in Nicholasville, to discuss the MRSA infection.

Earlier this year, West Jessamine High School student, Ryan Robinson died after contracting the infection.

Shortly after his death, a student at East Jessamine High School was treated for the infection.

Jessamine County Schools partnered with the Jessamine County Health Department to host the presentation on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, with the Kentucky Department for Public Health was the featured speaker at the public forum. Which was designed to better inform and educate the community about the dangers of this deadly and often misunderstood infection.

Who's at high risk? The 5 C's

1) Crowding

2) Contact (Frequent skin-to-skin)

3) Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions)

4) Contaminated items and surfaces

5) Lack of Cleanliness

PREVENTION AND PRECAUTION

1). Keep your hands clean by thoroughly washing with soap and water

or using an alcohol

based hand sanitizer.

2) Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until

healed.

3) Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.

4) Avoid sharing personal items such as towels

Dr. Humbaugh said the infection is becoming more common in our every day lives. Before MRSA was typically found in health care facilities.

But while more common, a vast majority---or less than five-percent of the cases are deadly.


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