3rd Student at Local School Diagnosed with MRSA

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

The lockers at Grass Lake High School will be cleaned, the showers sprayed, and bleachers wiped down. It's the district's proactive approach after a third confirmed case of the staph infection MRSA.

"We're going to be on a bi-weekly schedule, where all of our lockers, whether you need it or not will be completely sanitized. The weight room, locker rooms, lockers...Everything taken out," said Brad Hamilton, Superintendent of Grass Lake Community Schools.

MRSA is spread through direct contact and thrives in locker rooms, meaning schools are perfect places for it to spread. MRSA has closed schools across the nation-- and forced Michigan State University to give an extra scrub down.

"Why its happening now i don't think anybody is really fully sure of," said Dr. Daniel Havlichek of Sparrow Hospital.

Havlichek also works with MSU's Division of Infectious Diseases, and believes schools could continue to see the potential serious form of the staph infection grow.

"It's been steadily increasing for the last five or six years, and I don't really see that stopping," said Havlichek. "So I think it will get worse before it gets better."

Which has Superintendent Hamilton hoping the district can cut down on the number of cases by educating students.

"We're fortunate that we have a health curriculum for elementary kids, so the health teacher is going to be involved in trying to get the kids to understand personal hygiene, washing their hands frequently, reporting if they have a rash, keeping cuts covered up," said Hamilton.

Hamilton says three cases of MRSA at the school are not related to each other.

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