MRSA strain of staph found in New­ton County school

Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary School stu­dent treated and re­leased Tues­day

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jenny Thompson

A stu­dent at Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary School was re­cently treated for the se­ri­ous MRSA, me­thi­cillin-re­sis­tant Sta­phy­lo­coc­cus au­reus, strain of staph in­fec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Sherri Viniard, New­ton County Schools’ di­rec­tor of pub­lic re­la­tions, the stu­dent was treated and re­turned to class Tues­day.

“All of the items in the child’s class­room were thor­oughly cleaned and dis­in­fected on Fri­day and let­ters were sent home with all Mid­dle Ridge stu­dents to make par­ents aware of the sit­u­a­tion,” Viniard re­ported. “No other cases have been re­ported.”

The grade of the stu­dent has not been re­leased.

Staph in­fec­tions have bro­ken out in schools across the coun­try in re­cent weeks.

In Ge­or­gia, a sub­ur­ban At­lanta cou­ple re­ported to the As­so­ci­ated Press their 7week-old child died in Au­gust from an an­tibi­otic-re­sis­tant staph in­fec­tion.

Three stu­dents at Austin Road Mid­dle School in Stock­bridge, a stu­dent at Columbia High in DeKalb County and three cases in Ful­ton County were treated in Oc­to­ber. Nine other cases of in­fec­tion were pre­vi­ously re­ported in Henry County Schools this school year.

An­other mid­dle school in Wrightsville in cen­tral Ge­or­gia was cleaned af­ter two stu­dents there were di­ag­nosed.

Two stu­dents at North Cobb High School in Ken­ne­saw, two stu­dents at Os­borne High School in Ma­ri­etta and one stu­dent at South­side High School in At­lanta were also treated forMRSAin­fec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

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