MRSA Concerns Strike Keller ISD School

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.


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.


One Comment

  1. Wayne says:

    The thing about this article is it once again blames sharing articles such as towels and razors. How many student-athletes are sharing razors and towels???? Not many! It has to to with bacteria growth on practice jerseys, shoulder pads, helmets, shoes, and lockers and open wounds. They should be spraying MonoFoil Antimicrobial in the school. It is being used at many major university sports programs. The stuff works for 90 days or more and eliminates bacteria such as Staph and MRSA. You need to get your students to bring home their personal items and wash them daily. The schools need a hygiene program and need to recondition their pads, as well as doing weekly or bi-weekly cleaning of helmets and pads.
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    1. PLane says:

      This is an Elementary School…no sports programs at school. This is a serious issue, not a place for advertising your business.

  2. Jackie says:

    A simple non-prescriptive age old remedy that is an anti-microbial (kills many bacteria as well as fungi) should be used. It’s called Gentian Violet. It’s extremely inexpensive and works wonderfully well and available at most well stocked pharmacies. Could even have been used on the Canteloupe problem. You’ll never see it been touted by the medical community because no one can make a buck off of it. It’s been around too long for that. Still listed by the World Health Organization though.. since they seem to recognize what it is good for.

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