HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, October 23
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Exactly one week after Commack High School reported that a second student had developed the potentially deadly Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacterium, the South Huntington School District has confirmed a case of its own.
On Oct. 16, a letter addressed to the parents of the district from Jane Samuels – coordinator of registered nurses for the district – said a case of MRSA was found in a student of Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center at 23 Harding Place in Huntington Station. The student is being treated, Samuels said, and the district has “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the classrooms, cafeteria, bathrooms, common areas and all athletics facilities.” Custodians continue to clean all areas regularly with a disinfectant that is effective against MRSA, she said.
Symptoms of a community-associated MRSA infection can include reddened areas on the skin that look like pimples and develop into skin abscesses or boils that cause fever, pus, welling or pain. The infection can be spread when open cuts are exposed to person-to-person contact or come in contact with a contaminated item like a towel, article of clothing or piece of athletic equipment.
“The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites contain important information to help families understand measures that can be taken to help safeguard our children’s health,” Samuels writes. “Prevention is key in addressing this bacteria. Effective hand washing, body cleanliness and wound care remain the primary means for protecting ourselves.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, October 23, 2014; A41)