California School Closed Due to a Potential MRSA Infection

Everyone is looking for a better way to save these kids.  Every kid we take care of, it’s like our own child; that’s why we were here – Dr. John Bradley, Chief of Infectious Disease at Rady Children’s Hospital

A Carmel Valley private school was closed last month due to the possibility of one of the students having a MRSA infection.  All campus activities were shut down and classes cancelled on a Thursday afternoon until being reopened the following Monday. It was suspected a female student returning from a retreat that very day to the school had potentially been infected.  A letter posted on the campus website announced that the  private school would be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by trained personnel. “We feel that we are best serving the interests and well-being of our students, families and employees by taking this precaution.”

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA rates have been on the decline in hospital settings in the last decade while community-acquired cases have increased a notable degree.  Just ten years ago MRSA infections were very rare in San Diego, but as Dr. John Bradley points out, the disease is becoming more “resistant and more virulent than ever.” MRSA infections can take the outward appearance of physically damaged skin: painful red areas, a raised bump, abscesses and open sores.  MRSA can also induce symptoms of fever and chills.  Early detection and treatment, especially in children, reduces the potential severity MRSA as it can be life-threatening and often lead to limb amputation.  The invasive cases are extremely dangerous as they can cause a child to die within a few days.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is generally acquired by way of contact with another person who is carrying the bacteria, but can also be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects.  According to the Health and Human Services Agency, any object an infected person has been in contact with such as bedsheets, clothing, towels, and sport equipment are feasible means of spreading this dangerous bacteria. Thankfully, the school is taking the necessary precautions to disinfect the facility.

Pertaining to the subject of schools and campuses in particular, the CDC encourages that public health officials should be involved with such cases but points out the closure of a school for cleaning and notifying the entire body over a single case of MRSA is often not necessary. However, preventing the disease from occurring is much better than dealing with the aftermath of a serious infection.

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One Response to “California School Closed Due to a Potential MRSA Infection”

  1. Lisa Garcia says:

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