Susquenita alerts students to MRSA-type infection

The Susquenita School District has alerted parents to a MRSA-type infection at the high school.

In a statement on its website, the district said that because the infection was originally diagnosed by a doctor as a staph infection on Monday, it has already been significantly cleaning and disinfecting above the normal procedures.

The infection was confirmed to be MRSA, a type of staph bacteria that does not respond to the most common antibiotics, late Wednesday afternoon.

Superintendent Dr. Daniel Sheats told abc27 News that the source of the infection appears to be a wrestling tournament outside the school district, which does not surprise medical experts.

“People who participate in any kinds of sports, especially something like wrestling, are at much higher risk for MRSA,” Dr. John Goldman of PinnacleHealth said. “What happens is it's spread by skin-to-skin contact, particularly skin that is traumatized.”

The district said it has been following state Department of Health recommendations.

Experts say parents and students need to be proactive.

“Common sense things like washing your hands, washing your hands a lot,” Goldman said. “If you have an open sore, keep it covered.”

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