8 Cases Among High School Students Not MRSA

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A school administrator in Boone County says none of the eight cases of staph infection at Larry A. Ryle High School are antibiotic resistant.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this morning's editions that Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said none of the cases are the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and all the students are being treated with antibiotics.

In Lexington, school officials await a report on one case of staph at Lafayette High School, but are reacting with the assumption that it could be MRSA.

The school was scrubbed yesterday as workers cleaned floors, door knobs and other likely places were infection could be passed.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by d Location: eastern ky on Oct 24, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    I can't help but think is a terrorist attack. Call me stupid...but you just never know. Staph has been around for a long time, but there sure has been an abundance of it lately. CNN predicts it will be worse than the AIDS virus.
  • by pam Location: harlan county on Oct 24, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    i know first hand that staph infections are becoming more severe and more often. one of these day we will all be walking around with masks and gloves on.
  • by Jen Location: Georgetown on Oct 24, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    I don't know why all the hype now! Staph has been around for years. I bet if they tested every student over half would have some sort of staph infection. These schools can clean til the cows come home and the minute some kid picks his nose and touches a door knob, another kid is gonna open the door and scratch his nose...ta da...another infected kid. The kids just need to wash their hands...then wash them again. Pay attention to where they put their hands and use Purel hand sanitizer. Not the antibacterial stuff...that's what got MRSA running so wild anyway. Everytime a kid sneezes, they get put on antibiotoics until they just won't work anymore.

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