MENTOR, Ohio - Cleaning crews disinfected Mentor High School this week after a confirmed case of MRSA was reported at the school.
According to the Mentor School’s website, the district was notified Tuesday evening that a female student was diagnosed with a MRSA Staph infection, which is an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection.
"Immediately, the school’s custodial staff followed the student’s schedule at Mentor High School to disinfect all of the rooms in which the student attends class. The custodial staff also disinfected common areas such as the cafeteria and bathrooms per usual,” the district posted online.
Administrators said they were told the student’s infection was covered while she was at the school. The student was not involved in any extra-curricular activities, the district said.
Kristen Kirby, Director of Community Relations for Mentor Schools, told NewsChannel5 the infected student is not currently at school and will not be allowed to return until she is cleared by a physician.
Kirby also encourages parents to notify the school if their child has a suspected case -- as the district disinfects the school in all possible cases as a precaution.
Last November, MHS junior Brandon Shima died of what was suspected to be complications from MRSA, the district told NewsChannel5 at the time. The 16-year-old football player had spent several days in the hospital before he died at his home.
On Friday, the Lake County Health Department told NewsChannel5 that the cause of Shima’s death is still pending with the coroner’s office. The coroner's office said it could take at least a month for the official cause to be ruled.
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