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Student diagnosed with MRSA back in class

October 23, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Greencastle-Antrim student diagnosed with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is fine and in class, said Bob Crider, director of secondary education for the school district.

"We've been assured from our physician that that's OK," Crider said Monday afternoon.

The school district announced Friday that a student had been diagnosed with the staph infection. A memo to parents detailed how to identify lesions, and the schools have been working with a strict disinfecting regimen.

Crider said the supplier of the schools' regular disinfectant was contacted to ensure it kills this bacteria.

"The product we're using works," he said.

The district received a small number of phone calls, and attendance appeared unchanged by the announcement, according to Crider.

"We didn't have any spike in our absence rates," he said.

Last week, the Associated Press reported that a 17-year-old student in Bedford County, Va., died after being infected with a form of MRSA.

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The Herald-Mail reported Thursday that there have been five confirmed cases of MRSA in Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools students.

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