Why am I hearing that there is mrsa going around the football team and over 10 people have it? Is this something I should be concerned about, is this going to spread into the school?

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A. There are no confirmed cases (through a MRSA bacterial culture) of MRSA.  As always, we encourage parents to contact their physicians if they suspect any signs or symptoms of MRSA and encourage students to practice basic hygiene.

Below is some information prepared by a group of pediatric doctors:

  • MRSA is a type of Staphylococcal aureus a common bacteria which lives normally on human skin.
  • MRSA is not a new infection. In fact, MRSA has been present in our communities for years. Your health professionals have been aware of MRSA for years and have adapted their diagnosis and treatment of skin infections accordingly.
  • MRSA is not exclusively a school problem. In fact, MRSA is common throughout our local and national communities. People carry MRSA on their skin – sterilization of the school will interrupt education of our children but will not eliminate the presence of MRSA infections.
  • There is effective antibiotic treatment for MRSA, though choices are limited. Most MRSA infections are treated successfully without need for hospitalization. 
  • People who have MRSA and are being adequately treated do not need to be restricted from work or school.
  • If a person has signs of a skin infection that seems to be worsening rapidly despite good hygiene and topical antibiotic use, they should seek evaluation by a medical professional.