LI School Confirms MRSA Case

Infection can be life-threatening if it enters the bloodstream through an open wound

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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MRSA is a strain of staph bacteria that's resistant to common antibiotics.

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Long Island school officials have confirmed a student has been infected with the potentially dangerous MRSA bacteria.     

The Hauppauge student's condition was not disclosed.     

In February, a Hauppauge high school wrestling star became seriously ill from MRSA.     

School officials tell Newsday they're sanitizing instructional areas. Students are being reminded about proper hygiene. They should consult a doctor if they suspect a MRSA infection.     

MRSA is a strain of staph bacteria that's resistant to common antibiotics.

Most infections result in minor skin irritation. But it can be life-threatening if it enters the bloodstream through an open wound. 

Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 89,785 cases of invasive MRSA and 15,249 deaths in 2008.

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