Parents, Schools Should Make Preventing MRSA A Priority
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
As schools prepare to start a new semester, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) wishes to remind parents and educators of the importance of preventing the spread of MRSA in our schools. Historically, staphylococcal bacteria have been one of the most common causes of infections, especially in medical settings. Staph bacteria can be found on the skin and in the nasal passages of most people. Recently, virulent strains of staph that are resistant to common antibiotics, known as MRSA, have emerged in the community. For the past few years, there has been an increase in cases of MRSA nationwide among school-age children, especially student athletes.
MRSA infections can reoccur without continuous adherence to prevention protocols. MRSA infections can generally be controlled through the use of proper personal hygiene, regular and thorough cleaning of the environment and by appropriate infection control practices. DCHHS has sent letters to area schools, colleges and universities offering recommendations for the control and prevention of MRSA infections in schools. Although MRSA is not a reportable condition, DCHHS has requested that schools self-report suspected cases. DCHHS has initiated this surveillance program in an effort to quantify the level of MRSA in our schools. In order to prevent the spread of MRSA in educational settings, DCHHS recommends schools: