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MRSA is methicillin-resistant type of staph bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics. In the general community, MRSA most often causes skin infections.  In some cases, it causes pneumonia (lung infection) and other issues.  If left untreated, MRSA infections can become severe and cause sepsis - a life-threatening reaction to severe infection in the body.

5 Steps to Take if You Think a Student Might Have a Skin Infection

The decision to close a school for any communicable disease should be made by school officials in consultation with local and/or state public health officials. However, in most cases, it is not necessary to close schools because of an MRSA infection in a student. It is important to note that MRSA transmission can be prevented by simple measures such as hand hygiene and covering infections.

Closing to Clean or Disinfect

In general, it is not necessary to close entire schools to “disinfect” them when MRSA infections occur. MRSA skin infections are transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact and by contact with surfaces that have come into contact with someone else’s infection. Covering infections will greatly reduce the risks of surfaces becoming contaminated with MRSA.

The school nurse is available for further questions.

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