Staph Infections

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  1. Magnechu

    Magnechu Active Member

    Well, as some of you may or may not know, staph infection has been going around a bit in the Northeast. My school may be the next one hit =/

    Yesterday two teachers found rashes that looked similar to symptoms from the staphylocossus bacterium, so they got cultured and are awaiting results. In the meantime, our school was thoroughly cleaned last night, but they're still asking us to go to school, because it is two unconfirmed cases. I'm worried, though, as are most of the kids in my school.

    Ugh, hopefully it's nothing, but just putting the topic out there.
  2. Gir

    Gir New Member

    I heard something about it at my school too (I'm in the northeast too). I hope it's nothing..
  3. Absoltrainer

    Absoltrainer Active Member

    I'm in texas and we have a huge infection at my school so I guess that means it's in the south as well, unless you mean northeast part of the world?
  4. Muninn

    Muninn New Member

    I haven't heard of it at all and I live in RI.
  5. Mew

    Mew New Member

    None here in Tennessee. But I've heard quite a bit about it. It seems to be spreading quite alot... and fast.
  6. homeofmew

    homeofmew Active Member

    The Flu has been going around where I Live; I got it last week and I never get sick.
  7. moza

    moza New Member

    Don't touch me :[

    We have had that same kind of thing in Michigan too.
  8. DragonairMaster8

    DragonairMaster8 New Member

    kid at my school actually got diagnosed with it and now everyone's freaking out (with good reason)
  9. Bolt

    Bolt New Member

    see if you can stay home for a couple days

    that sucks, hopefully it doesn't become a huge issue in nyc
  10. Dark Weedle

    Dark Weedle New Member

  11. DragonairMaster8

    DragonairMaster8 New Member

    ya im worried and all the officials are just like
    “wash ur hands more”

    =/ im carryin around a bottle of hand sanitizer now so whenever i touch someone/get rdy to eat im clean
  12. bugsbite

    bugsbite New Member

    DON'T PANIC!! The media is blowing it out of proportion.

    MRSA is not a new infection, the best practice to do is washing your hands for 15-20 seconds with soap and hot water and using hand sanitizers frequently. Things to watch are door knobs, using towels or other personal items with friends, and avoiding other peoples wounds. Also cover and clean any wounds you have until fully healed so the bacteria doesn't infect you. Simple but effective. If you get a MRSA infection soaps and sanitizers will not cure it only antibiotics can, so go see a Physician.

    btw I am a Microbiologist that happens to work for a company that makes hand soaps and sanitizers!
  13. Absoltrainer

    Absoltrainer Active Member

    Well, the problem with this "strand" and the reason people are taking more precautions, is because this new strand that just recenty appeared is impervious to the anit-biotics and medicine we normally take for staph. Just like how bugs adapt to the bug spray every few years bacteria is the same.
  14. Gir

    Gir New Member

    My friend uses hand sanitizer every day and he asked me yesterday if I wash my hands before I east ad stuff because Staph infection is going around.
  15. Mew*

    Mew* Active Member

    I totally agree, it is ridiculous to panic when there is little fear. :thumb: I bet your company is loving all of the sanitizers being sold from this mess. $$$$$$$$$$$$$ :)

    All that must be done to prevent serious problems is immediately see you doctor, that is what I heard....
  16. Muninn

    Muninn New Member

    A Microbiologist would know not to wash your hands multiple times per minute as it would destroy the body's good bacteria.
  17. moza

    moza New Member

    Where did he say multiple times a minute?...
  18. secretsof2113

    secretsof2113 Moderator Trader Feedback Mod

    Yeah, I'm wondering the same thing. Frequently does not constitute as multiple times per minute.
  19. Heatherdu

    Heatherdu New Member

    There is a case at my sons' elementary school too. We got a letter informing us yesterday. It is scary but I do wonder if this isn't something that has always been around and is just getting heavy publicity right now. How worried should I be???

    Back to back posts merged. The following information has been added:

    I'm going to post the letter that we received because it has some good information about what the infection is, what to watch for, and how to protect yourself. It mentions the school's name which was televised on the news but no individual students so I feel safe posting this. Here it is ->

    October 25, 2007

    Dear Parents:

    Many parents are concerned about recent news accounts concerning methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of “staph” infection that can cause skin infections that may be difficult to treat. Here at Hilliard Crossing Elementary we have one isolated case. Our school nurse, Mrs. Stoner has been in contact with the appropriate Department of Health personnel. Please know that all district buildings are following guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health regarding prevention of MRSA. Subsequently, we also are assisting ODH with education efforts by sharing some of the agency’s answers to frequently asked questions about MRSA:

    What are typical symptoms of MRSA?
    Common signs of a skin infection include redness, warmth, swelling and tenderness. Often a MRSA infection will look like a spider bite, boil, abscess or pimple. If left untreated, it could progress into a more serious illness.

    How is MRSA spread?
    In outbreak situations, the environment has not played a significant role in the transmission of MRSA. Studies in health care and community settings show skin-to-skin contact, direct contact with infected wound drainage or contact with contaminated surfaces or things such as sports equipment as the likely sources of transmission. MRSA skin infections are not spread through the air.

    How can students protect themselves?
    Students can protect themselves from infections by:
    • Practicing good hygiene (e.g., keeping their hands clean by washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rubs, and showering after games and practices);
    • Covering any open skin areas such as abrasions or cuts with clean dry bandages; not sharing personal items such as towels, razors, deodorant, bars of soap, ointments, water bottles or drink cups;
    • Using barriers (e.g., clothing or towels) between skin and shared equipment;
    • If they have open wounds, NOT using whirlpools, hydrotherapy pools, cold tubs, swimming pools and other common tubs;
    • Wiping surfaces of equipment before and after use; and
    • Getting tested if they think they may have MRSA.

    We share your concerns about the health and safety of our students. Please learn as much as you can about MRSA, be aware of possible symptoms and seek medical attention promptly if needed. For more specific information about this infection, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s Web site at:
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2007
  20. Shellshock929

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    I've seen many stories about this in the news lately, and I've found out an Elementary school student in Brooklyn has died of a staph infection. I seriously hope that it doesn't spread throughout the state.

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