(Antibiotic Resistant Staph)
Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, is a common germ that many people carry in their nasal passages, under fingernails, or on their skin, with no ill effects. MRSA is a type of staph that has developed antibiotic resistance (certain antibiotics are unable to kill the bacteria). Since staph is spread primarily by direct (skin-to-skin) human contact, or with direct contact to wound drainage of someone who is carrying or infected with the bacteria, anyone with a break in his or her skin is at risk. MRSA may also occur less frequently through indirect contact with contaminated surfaces or items. MRSA is not spread through the air.
The single most successful strategy for preventing for preventing diseases is effective handwashing. This is especially important after sneezing, blowing, or touching the nose; after using the toilet; and before leaving athletic areas. Other ways to prevent infectious diseases include:
• practicing good hygiene (e.g., keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and showering immediately after participating in exercise);
• covering skin trauma such as abrasions or cuts with a clean dry bandage until healed;
• avoiding sharing personal items (e.g., towels, razors) that come into contact with your bare skin; and using a barrier (e.g., clothing or a towel) between your skin and shared equipment such as weight-training benches;
• maintaining a clean environment by establishing cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces and surfaces that come into direct contact with people's skin.
Should your child develop an infection or open wound, please report this to the school nurse. By working together, we can ensure a safe environment for students and staff.
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