MRSA CASES Two Cases Of MRSA Reported At Gallia County School
Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 19, 2012 1:17 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 2:18 PM EDT
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, Gallia County
Two people in Gallia County, Ohio, are being treated for MRSA bacterial infection.
The Gallia County Health Department confirmed that the two cases of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may have been connected to a football locker room at South Gallia High School.
Dr. Gerald Vallee, the Gallia County health commissioner, said the general public has little to worry about. Vallee said the infection is likely to spread if people share towels, soap or clothing in environments like locker rooms. He said that about 2 percent of people are chronic carriers of the bacteria and normal hygienic precautions, such as washing hands frequently and keeping clean, typically keeps it from spreading.
The Health Department developed a program for the school, and it has been compliant, Vallee said. He said the school had thoroughly cleaned any potentially infected area and has informed the community about the issue.
The two people with the MRSA infection are being treated with antibiotics. Vallee said MRSA contracted in the community is less resistant to antibiotics than if it were contracted in a hospital setting
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