SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – There are health concerns in the Keller Independent School District after an employee at an elementary school was diagnosed with a MRSA infection. The hard-to-treat bacteria is often referred to as a superbug.
The diagnosed employee works at Florence Elementary School, which is actually located in Southlake. The school’s principal, Laura Lockhart, sent a letter home to parents which warned them about the situation, explained the symptoms of MRSA and looked at ways to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
MRSA is an aggressive type of staph infection that has developed a resistance to many of the common antibiotics. The super bacteria is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms include large areas of redness on the skin, swelling and pain, and then boils or carbuncles.
In order to avoid MRSA and stop it from spreading, make sure that you and your children wash hands frequently. Avoid sharing personal items like towels or razors. Wash clothes in soap and hot water. Clean and disinfect gym and sports equipment. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds. Keep fingernails clean and clipped short. And athletes should get in the shower immediately after a practice or game.
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Meanwhile, the Keller ISD is hoping to prevent a MRSA breakout at Florence Elementary School and in the rest of the district by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the campus each night.
The Tarrant County Health Department is aware of this situation. Additional details about the school employee were not disclosed due to confidentiality agreements, but Lockhart did say that the person is undergoing treatment.