Officials say at least two students at an Atlantic County are in the hospital and being treated for MRSA.
Superintendent James Parla told the Trentonian the two victims are among six confirmed cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at Steinert High School. Parla also claims there were several other cases of non-MRSA staph infections at the school which are less serious.
The district cleaned the school’s locker rooms over the weekend and worked with the local health department, according to Parla.
Parla also told NBC10 the district sent information to parents about the MRSA infections and how to identify or prevent infections.
MRSA is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. MRSA is spread by having direct contact with another person’s infection, sharing personal items that have touched infected skin and touching surfaces of items contaminated with the bacteria.
MRSA, like most staph infections, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch or full of pus or other drainage.
If you suspect you have a MRSA skin infection, cover the area with a bandage and call your health professional immediately.