TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Officials at Troy Athens High School have sent a letter to parents notifying them that a student has been diagnosed with MRSA.
The letter reads as follows:
We have learned that a freshman at Athens High School was diagnosed with a bacterial staph infection referred to as MRSA. This student also plays on the freshman football team.
MRSA is a common type of bacteria (germ) that can be found on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. MRSA may cause infections in the skin, lungs, and blood. MRSA can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil that can be red, swollen, and painful or have pus or other drainage. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.
A student who has MRSA is able to return to school as soon as the bacterial infection is treated and the area is covered with bandages. For a complete description of symptoms of MRSA, please go to the Oakland County Health Department website (www.oakgov.com.) I have attached a Fact Sheet from the Health Department that may answer many common questions. A county health nurse is also on call during regular business hours (248-858-1406).
The student was immediately treated, and we have been able to address the situation quickly. I am confident that Athens is a safe and healthy place for your children as the disinfecting of the building was completed before the start of school today (Monday). The protocol is to clean and disinfect every area of the building with which students can come in contact. Desks, hard surfaces, door knobs, faucets, etc. are cleaned and disinfected. Special attention is given to all bathrooms and to all rooms which the student might use, including the cafeteria, gym and locker room.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. Medical questions would be best addressed to the Oakland County Health Department. For your information, I have attached basic information about MRSA.
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