MPS Issues Warning About MRSA

A letter sent home to parents of students in Meridian Public Schools advises precautions to stop the potential spreading of MRSA, or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. The letter was dated Dec. 8.

According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA, which is often called "staph" is a strain that's resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal.

According to the clinic's Web site, most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. More recently, another type of MRSA has occurred among otherwise healthy people in the wider community. This form is responsible for serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia.

The MPS letter, attributed to the district's school nurses, stated that it can be spread through close skin to skin contact, openings in the skin like cuts and abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene.

The letter advised parents that staph can live in people's noses or on their skin, and it's a common cause of skin infections that include pimples and boils, and can lead to more serious infections in the body.

There are precautions parents can take to help protect their children.

* Hygiene is the best prevention against MRSA infection.
* Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
* Care for wounds properly. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
* If you are involved in sports, be especially aware of scrapes or broken skin.
* Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
* Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
* Keep surfaces and equipment clean. Disinfect with a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water (1 1/2 cups bleach in 1 gallon of water).
* If you have a skin infection that is slow to heal, or has spreading redness or swelling, see a doctor.

You may click the link below for more information from the Mississippi Department of Health.


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  • by Rik Kain Location: Indiana on Dec 13, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    I think you should be careful with using bleach on protective athletic gear. I have heard it may void your warranty because bleach is very harsh on the equipment. I would check out Riddell's web site to see what they recommend
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Dec 11, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    I am a teacher at an elementary school in MPSD and we weren't notified at my school either. There is a guideline that only a few persons would know (the nurse, the parents of the child, possibly the child's teacher, the principal, and the counselor). It is considered confidential material. Whichever school the Myles' child attends, he should be happy that he was notified. It would have been nice for everyone to know! As with everything else, the teachers aren't informed about a lot of issues. We were told by the superintendent "to stay in our lane".
  • by anonymus Location: meridian on Dec 11, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    My child is a student an Magnolia Middle and I have seen no letter!
  • by L Location: Meridian on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    MPSD only tells what they want. They only let out certain information. There have been burglaries at schools and they haven't been reported to the media.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    a student from a county school came to our church with "staph" and there was no letter. why didn't this get in the news?
  • by Popular springs Location: Meridian on Dec 10, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    This was not sent home to our children at Popular Springs???
  • by mhs senior on Dec 10, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    I am a senior at Meridian High School and I never received a letter to take home to my parents about any of this. Acutally, I had no clue this was even going on until I looked to see if we were out of school and I saw this posted. I think the students should at least have been notified since we didnt get letters.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 at 07:25 PM
    From what I understand, alot of the teachers were not made aware of this either.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    I'm a teacher in the MPSD and I sent the letters home with my students today. I hope that all the students took them home. I told them how important it was, but who knows if they took them home or not.
  • by Anonymous Location: MPS on Dec 10, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    We did not receive a letter either. I have a student in the 9th grade at Northwest.
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