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


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


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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  • by Kim Location: Wilmore on Apr 11, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    I think overuse of antibiotics AND products like purel have helped MRSA become a superbug. Aromatic essential oils (especially tea tree oil and lemongrass oil) are very effective in killing MRSA. These oils are made of thousands of natural chemicals, and the MRSA can't mutate fast enough to build resistance to these oils before it's killed. Promoting essential oils sounds a little hippy dippy, I know, but Listerine is made of a number of essential oils from herbs, and it kills a number of germs. Sometimes natural and old fashioned is best. Also, I think that any child who goes to the doctor with cold/flu symptoms should have his nostrils swabbed to see if he has can walk around with it without symptoms, and then when your immune system is compromised by a cold or the flu it takes that opportunity to attack the body. I think more of us are carriers than realize it. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!
  • by Elle Location: Paris on Apr 10, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    I had MRSA in October 2008 two weeks later my child has it. Late March he got it again. Neither one of use had to stay in the hospital. The last time the doctor told us that we were both carriers and to be VERY carful.
  • by Newswatcher Location: Frankfort on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    Thank you, hit the nail on the head! Unless people want to start seeing even more resistant bugs, they had best stop demanding antibiotics all the time! Staph has, and always will be around, but the overuse of antibiotics is what has turned it into a public nightmare. And WAY more people have MRSA than just the cases reported in the news.
  • by heather Location: Southeastern KY on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I don't think school staff realize how easily MRSA can be contracted. I had a discussion the other day with one of my children's teachers about letting the kids run around without their shoes. Kids often have cuts or scrapes on their feet and they could easily get a staff infection through that way. I told my kids if I ever heard of them taking off their shoes at school again, they would be in big trouble.
  • by Jacob Location: Rensselaer, New York on Apr 8, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Urgent: Parents,students and teachers. I have been trying for nearly 2 years to convince schools and hospitals in my area to imstall 24 hour protection agianst MRSA. The only way this is going to get done is by more parents and students confronting school officials and local leaders to accept their responsibility and allow a free demonstation of the very best prevention found in today's marketplace. Go to and see for yourself that something really can be done today. Protect Our Children from MRSA.
  • by What? Location: Albany on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    I think this story downplays MRSA way too much. It IS serious. Those who think it isn't are just kidding themselves. And handwashing ISN'T enough, it's ignorant to even say such a thing. Protect your cuts and abrasions, that's where it gets in. Use something like staphaseptic. Geez.
  • by Roger Location: Lexington on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    The first problem mentioned above: CROWDING. Our schools are too crowded.
  • by Matt Location: KY on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    I have actually had MRSA last year and it's one of those things that anyone is able to contract... MRSA is floating around everywhere, not just in Bourbon County... It lives on everyones' skin, but doesn't enter your body except through cuts or open sores. Follow the prevention and percautions steps and you will be fine. Another thing to add to those is keep your sheets washed and change them often... On another note, I think America in general needs to stop going to the doctor over every little cold or cough. These resistent strains of infection come from infections and germs that have built up immunity to our antibiotics... Don't go to the doctor unless it's absolutely a MUST!
  • by jess Location: williamsburg on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    a friend of mine had it 10 times in a year. one time he was put in the hopital in bad shape. mrsa is awful and you get it all of a sudden. my friend had to was in the stuff they clean their hands with at a hospital before surgury. something needs to be done . no one should have to die from this but sadly some do.
  • by MG on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    Concerned: If there was MRSA there, trust me, we'd all know about it. The media would be all over it. Unless I've just missed that news coverage, then chances are those people have something else.
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