MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of staphylococcus aureus bacteria normally carried on the skin and nose of healthy people. Some staph bacteria are resistant to the class of antibiotics usually used to treat staph infections, such as methicillin, and are referred to as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. It IS treatable with a different type of antibiotic. This infection usually involves mild, superficial skin or soft tissue infections, such as boils, pimples, or abscesses. The symptoms may include redness, areas warm to the touch, pain, drainage, discomfort, and swelling.
To prevent communicable disease transmission, the State College Area School District follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, the same guidelines followed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, for infectious/communicable diseases and conditions. The district has been in further contact with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and a number of medical consultants, to ensure the procedures in place within the district are in full compliance with these guidelines.
203.1 Communicable/Infectious Disease Policy adopted by the Board Sept. 10, 2007.
Athletics Staph Precautions - District guidelines for athletes
MRSA Fact Sheet from the PA Department of Health - guidelines for Pa. school districts
MRSA in schools Information from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
General information about community-acquired MRSA is available from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
Listen to a Podcast by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
MRSA and Sports:
Information on MRSA specifically relating to sports is available via the web site of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association
and from the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5233a4.htm
View a "60 Minutes" segment on MRSA (13 minutes) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/08/60minutes/main3474157.shtml
Last Modified on November 6, 2014