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Thursday November 1, 2007 at 7:45am Age: 10 yrs
Category: District

HEALTH BULLETIN


In the past couple of weeks, the news media have reported several cases of illness due to a bacterial infection referred to as MRSA.  There have been no reported cases in the Minisink Valley School District.

 

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is usually transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or contact with contaminated items.  Most MRSA infections are skin infections that occur at sites of visible skin trauma, such as cuts and abrasions.

 

We will continue to provide a safe school environment.  We are using approved disinfectant cleaners in locker rooms, bathrooms, and other high volume areas.  We are alerting coaches to the importance of good hygiene among their athletes, especially as we enter the indoor winter sports season.  We will continue to teach good hygiene and the importance of handwashing, widely recognized as the single most effective method for curbing the spread of MRSA.

 

Please click here to read more about this bacterial infection and to visit web sites for the Center for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health.