Reality Check: Should You Be Concerned About Staph Outbreaks?

It's been on the minds of parents and students all across the state.

27 NEWSFIRST is learning about more reported cases of staph infection in Kentucky schools, where even day cares have been affected.

Parents with children at a daycare facility on Versailles Road got letters today after a reported case there.

Schools in Morgan County were closed today for cleaning and disinfecting after reports of a high school student there contracting an antibiotic resistant strain of staph infection called MRSA.

8 students have been diagnosed with the infection at Ryle High School in Boone County, and a letter was sent home to parents of students at Rockcastle County Middle School, informing them it has confirmed "one of our students does have a staph infection."

With all this in mind, the state's epidemiologist says it's understandable that parents are concerned right now, but there's no reason for them to shift into panic mode.

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Director of the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology, says the easiest and best way of preventing MRSA is frequent and thorough hand washing.

Dr. Humbaugh doesn't predict a worst case scenario, in which all Kentucky schools would have to be temporarily shut down and disinfected.

He says The environmental disinfection part is important, but not as important as what students can do to protect themselves.

The Department of Public Health says one reason bacteria like this become resistant to antibiotics, is that people often don't take the entire course of antibiotics prescribed by their doctor.


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  • by very concerned parent at FedsCreek Elem. Location: FedsCreek on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    Well, A kid was sent home yesterday from Feds Creek Elem. Said to have the Staph infection. But when we ask Mr. Wallace he saids that are not for sure if the boy has it or not. If he don't why they send him home. What is the school system going to do about all this.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    Well at least the schools are getting cleaned. Its sad that this is what it takes to actually get the schools clean and dusted.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2007 at 05:02 AM
    This is all a joke.
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Oct 26, 2007 at 01:50 PM
    I am a nurse and MRSA is nothing new. It's been around for years. The number one prevention is hand washing!!!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    Reality Check: If you wash your hands, you shouldn't have to worry as much...
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Oct 26, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    Thanks for the light MD, I too am a bit tired of the "panic" that comes from this.Staph infections are very common and with basic hygene there should be no stress...a little knowledge goes along way, and the cdc website is a great resource
  • by Anonymous Location: Floyd County on Oct 25, 2007 at 07:33 PM
    Thank you WYMT for ALL the news.....Keep up the excellent broadcasting........
  • by Chicken Little Location: Floyd County on Oct 25, 2007 at 05:05 PM
    The-sky-is-falling
  • by mel Location: lex on Oct 25, 2007 at 01:02 PM
    Please read MD's (who is either or both a Medical Doctor and/or a Mass-hysteria Deflector)post below. Go to http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSAinSchools/#q2 and read it carefully. Constantly remind your children to wash their hands and not share personal items in order to curtail not only this but other disease. There is absolutely no need to close down all county schools for disinfection! Listen to these medical and disease control experts; if there is need for extreme concern, they can and will inform the public of that need and direct them in eradicating the disease.
  • by JB Location: Kentucky on Oct 25, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    Go read about it on this website: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSA/
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