Preventing Staph Before It Starts
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
A handful of North Central Florida schools in Alachua, Marion and Levy counties have had to deal with staph infections recently--including a couple cases of MRSA--the strain that is resistant to antibiotics. All the local and national attention has made other schools go on the offensive in hopes of keeping the staph bug from visiting completely.
Custodians were spraying down the locker room and bathroom areas at the Columbia High School stadium Monday. There have been no reported cases of staph at Columbia High, but school officials weren't taking any chances.
The parents we talked to were glad that the school was doing something... especially one father whose son fought a MRSA infection after swimming in a river last summer.
"Prevention, I think that's the #1 key," says Max Semler, father of three Columbia High students. "I like what the school is doing here. Preventative actions are always good. I think that's what needs to be done."
The easiest way to keep from getting staph is wash your hands and keep all wounds covered.
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