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Bedford County Public Schools had its first confirmed case of MRSA this year, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a stain of Staphylococcus aureus, a common type of bacteria, that has developed a resistance to a large family of antibiotics that includes methicillin and penicillin. It is, however, treatable by other types of antibiotics.
Edwards said that letters were sent out to parents of students at Big Island Elementary School that a student had been confirmed as having MRSA. The child was treated and got medical clearance to return to school and is now back in class.
According to Edwards, the letter reminded parents of the importance of making sure their children practice good personal hygiene. Medical experts say that this is the first line of defense against MRSA infections. Edwards said that school administrators and teachers have done an excellent job promoting good hygiene in the schools.
Edwards also said that the letter alerted parents about the symptoms of MRSA.
Last year Bedford County schools closed for a day following the MRSA-related death of a student at Staunton River High School. Schools were professionally cleaned prior to allowing the students back into the classrooms.