MRSA case confirmed at Wickliffe Elementary

WICKLIFFE, Ohio - A student at Wickliffe Elementary School was diagnosed with a MRSA staph infection earlier this week, according to school officials.

After receiving notification from the student’s parents Monday afternoon, the school was cleaned and disinfected, principal Diane Wieland said.

A letter was also sent home to parents at the school informing them of the student’s diagnosis. School officials would not release any information about the student, or whether the student is back in school.

Last week, a case of MRSA was confirmed in a student at Mentor High School.

Last November, Mentor High School 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.

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 another month for the official cause to be ruled.

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