School Officials Answer Parents Questions After Five Confirmed Staph Infection Cases

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

An eastern Kentucky high school student is doing fine after doctors diagnosed him with the antibiotic-resistant infection MRSA back in August.

The student is just one of a few other confirmed cases of Staph infection at East Ridge High School in Pike County.

WYMT’s Marie Luby found out what school officials are doing to keep students safe, and re-assure parents.

Pike County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Bill Dotson is busy answering questions from concerned parents after school officials confirmed at least five cases of Staph infection in the district.

“We're spraying in all the shower rooms, the locker rooms, we're sanitizing all those areas,” Dotson said.

One of those cases is a student at East Ridge High School.

His mother doesn't want his name released but says her son just finished treatment for MRSA, a type of Staph infection resistant to some antibiotics and spread through physical contact with infected people or with objects contaminated with the bacteria.

Doctors caught this student's MRSA before it led to more serious health problems, but his mother still worries about close quarters at school.

Officials say most MRSA cases are treatable, and Dotson says school officials are following directions from the local health department to keep students safe.

“I want them to be concerned about their children but I hope that they trust us, that we're doing the right thing,” Dotson said.

Dotson says a team of professional cleaners will sanitize all schools in the Pike County district, starting in the next few days.

All Morgan County schools will be closed Wednesday due to a Staph infection.

A Morgan County High School student has a confirmed case of the drug resistant "Superbug." as a result, all Morgan County schools will be closed--so all buildings and school buses can be disinfected.

There are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from a Staph infection.

You should wash your hands often. Doctors say this will kill any bacteria that you may pick up throughout the day.

Keep all wounds covered until they are completely healed.

Don't share personal items like razors or towels.

For more information on these visit
http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/MRSA.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa_ca.html


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