MRSA at Norwell High School

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2007 at 6:31 PM EDT

(Ossian, IN) -- At least one Norwell High School football player did not take the field Friday night.

That's because the boy is one of Norwell's two confirmed cases of the potentially fatal bacterial infection MRSA.

Two Norwell athletes have the potentially deadly bacteria MRSA, and have not been in school for days.

A high schooler in Virginia died from MRSA earlier this week.

Friday, Norwell High School students carried home letters to their parents outlining steps the district is taking to contain the spread of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and disinfect the school.

But parents in Northern Wells County are still very concerned.

Becky Jackson\Mother of Two Norwell Students: " I know they'll do what they can as far as preventing the spread, you know, with washing things really well. But even working in the kitchen we're kind of concerned about it."

We talked to a woman whose daughter swims for Norwell, and she actually got a regular staph infections last year. It was so bad, that took months to clear up and even took a surgery. And now that mom says she's worried about MRSA.

Chris Cossairt\Mother of Norwell Athlete: " I'm pretty worried, actually, because we had gone through that. And there's a couple other athletes that were swimmers that have had skin infections from pool water. And I am worried about it. I just hope that other kids don't have to go through what we did. And even though it was a mild case of it, it wasn't MRSA, it was hard on her."

Because the patients are athletes, the district shut down Norwell's weight training room for two days to disinfect it.

Custodians have also used antiseptic in the locker rooms, on floor mats, and on desks in the school.

And Northern Wells' interim superintendent confirms that a couple other students have been referred to their doctors to see whether they've contracted MRSA, as well.

MRSA is spread by skin to skin contact, but can also live on surfaces for days and even weeks.

The best way to prevent it is keeping clean.

Health officials say if your skin is irritated and red for more than two days, you should see a doctor.

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