CLEVELAND - A Cleveland school is dealing with a case of MRSA.
MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.
The teacher at Cleveland Children's Academy is being treated and will return to work when she gets clearance.
The school sent a letter to parents, telling them to encourage children to wash their hands, and keep children at home when they are sick.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We want to make you aware that one of our teachers at the Cleveland Children's Academy has been diagnosed with MRSA. MRSA is a kind of staph infection. The teacher is receiving treatment for this illness and will return to work as soon as she receives clearance.
Symptoms of MRSA include a bump or infected area on the skin that may be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch, full of puss or other drainage and is accompanied by a fever. Treatment for MRSA skin infections may include an antibiotic.
Prevention is the key to preventing the spread of MRSA and other infections. MRSA can enter the body through breaks in the skin or other openings. The main ways to prevent infections are to wash hands, care for wounds properly, and shower or bathe regularly.
Please help to prevent the illness by encouraging your children to always wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating, and by keeping your child home and away from group settings (school, church, childcare, etc.) when ill.
We are happy to answer your questions about our standard cleaning procedures, and other ways we address contagious illnesses. If you have questions about MRSA, please refer to the attached CDC Fact Sheet or contact your family pediatrician and/or the local Health Department.
By working together, we can ensure your child's good health and well-being.