State Forms MRSA Task Force

By Corinne Rose

June 18, 2010 Updated Oct 30, 2007 at 6:10 PM EDT

(Fort Wayne, IN) -- Now that Indiana has at least 15 confirmed cases of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection MRSA, the State Department of Health has formed a task force to educate the public about it.

Norwell High School recently announced two MRSA cases.

And Fort Wayne's CAN-I Head Start re-opened Tuesday morning, after closing for a day to disinfect classrooms, after a student there was diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease.

The infection can be spread by skin-to skin contact or by sharing an item used by an infected person.

Health officials say parents need to be proactive, and look for unusual blemishes on their children's bodies.

John Silcox\Allen Co. Health Dept.: "If they have something like that, and it's not healing, then obviously they need to have that checked out by a physician. Then the physician would be able to order the appropriate test to determine if it is staph. And if it is, then if it is the antibiotic-resistant staph. And then they can order the proper treatment for that."

Good hygiene helps prevent MRSA's spread, as well.

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