Possible Staph Infection At Lafayette High School

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Letters were sent home with students at Lafayette High School Monday, after a parent reported a student there was diagnosed with Methcillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA), a type of staph infection.

Doctors say this type of staph infection is resistant to many antibiotics.

Fayette County school officials say this case has not yet been confirmed, and they're working closely with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to make a determination.

But officials are proceeding as if the case was confirmed. Lafayette is taking precautionary measures, including a intensive cleaning regime advised by the Health Department.

School officials say the student will not return to classes at Lafayette until he's been cleared by a doctor.

The following is information about MRSA, provided by Fayette County Schools.

MRSA infections can be mild or very serious and are spread through skin-to-skin contact or by direct contact with the infected wound drainage. In some cases, they may also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces. They are not spread through the air.

Common signs of a skin infection include redness, warmth, swelling and tenderness. Often a MRSA infection will look like a spider bite, boil, abscess or turf burn. If it is left untreated, it could progress into a more serious illness.

The best way to protect against MRSA infections is frequent hand washing with soap and water or a 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water is not available. Health officials also recommend that students avoid sharing personal items such as bar soap, towels, washcloths, razors, clothing or athletic equipment.

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  • by Laurel County on Nov 5, 2007 at 06:15 PM
    I get tired of hearing people say we are "panicing" over this outbreak of staff that is going around..Yes we carry a small amount of staff on us but Children have DIED from this and I don't think people are as aware as they should be of this infection and it is a shame when our schools do try to hide this from us parents. Pretty sad.
  • by Leslie Location: Clay County on Nov 1, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    Our school board never informs us of anything, they hide the truth to keep the attendance up. They've already came up with a 9 week test designed for punishment to any child who misses one day of school.I don't trust my this school board to act in the best interest of our children therefore, I'm taking my kids out of school until they get prepared. There's no soap in the bathrooms and no teacher is cleaning the surface of any desk between classes. They're playing Russian Roulette with our children.
  • by concerned parents Location: Leslie County on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    We not only have to worry about staph in the Leslie County Middle School, but we also have "Scabies" which is a body lice, going around also. They do not want all the parents to know about this disease because they are afraid more children will start missing school. We, as parents, deserve to know about any disease in the schools. So what do we do, homeschool our children or send them somewhere they are not safe?
  • by Lynn Location: Central City on Oct 30, 2007 at 03:50 PM
    Here's a question for every school system. What good will it do to shut down the school's and clean them when the infected child will return to school? I can understand the reason to clean them but your still going to have kids that don't know they have this come back and then you have to start all over. I'm scared to death to send my kids to school for this reason.
  • by Kelly Location: Lexington on Oct 25, 2007 at 01:05 PM
    There are two forms of MRSA. One kind is usually 'caught' in the hospital. The other, is called Community-Associated MRSA. No one is real sure how it is 'caught'. It can be as simple as you having an open cut on your hand and working in the garden. The problem isn't that everyone is getting it, it's that it's becoming increasingly difficult to treat AND... the chances of recurrence is extremely high. Even in healthy adults. Do some research and you'll see more on the symptoms, treatment, etc. It's best to be as informed as possible in cases like this.
  • by FCE Location: FEDSCREEK on Oct 25, 2007 at 11:06 AM
  • by JB Location: Kentucky on Oct 25, 2007 at 10:02 AM
    Go read about it on this website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSA/
  • by Concerned Location: Lexington on Oct 25, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    I have a question to the health officials. Why is this only showing up in schools? Is it elsewhere & it's just not being reported? Has to be. These kids are in contact with adults. Why isn't the full context of the story not being told. How wide spread is this infection?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    Johnny, MRSA has been in the community for years. We all probably carry it on out skin, in our noses or blood. These people are all panicing for no apparrent reason. Staph is everywhere, the news media is just making a big deal out of it and the as usual the general public allows it to frighten and anger them instead of education themselves. www.cdc.gov go to that website for more information.
  • by johnny Location: evarts on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    i thought this was only found in hospitals why all of asuden it is in schools i belive they close all schouls for a week or two and cleen them all we need to learn more about this infection
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