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Local school district deals with MRSA


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - The Shenendehowa School District is dealing with two cases of MRSA. Parents in the Shenendehowa School District received a notice informing them about two students, one in the Gowana Middle School and another student in the high school who have contracted MRSA.

In the letter to parents the school district says sterilizing the school would interfere with students education and would not eliminate the presence of MRSA infections. That's why the district says it's not disinfecting classrooms, much to the surprise of some parents.

"I imagine that there might be a disinfection protocol but I don't know enough about what strain they saw or what the real likelihood is that it's living in the school," said Erin Schambach.

"I hope that the classrooms that student used might be wiped down a little bit extra, said Angela Mayhew.

School district officials, who did not want to go on camera, tell news ten because the bacteria that causes MRSA is so pervalent, cleaning classrooms wouldn't make a difference. According to the New York State Department of health, the bacteria that causes MRSA is known as staph. If the bacteria gets into a cut or open wound it can cause infection. Some infections are resistant to antibiotics, making it harder to treat, and it's those cases that can lead to serious injury or death.

"It's kind of scary and if you look around there's a lot of kids you won't even recognize it or see and they are in school everyday and you don't know who has what," said Amanda Quinn.

"You've heard about the people they lose parts of their bodies and what not, so definitely it's something to be concerned about," said Mayhew.

There are some things you can do to help prevent the infection.

To help prevent the infection you should wash your hands, keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered, and avoid sharing personal items like towels or razors.

These most recent cases are not the first for the school district. It says it deals with MRSA every year.


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