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Thursday, October 25, 2012

MRSA cases climb in Hamilton township school

Steinert High School Trentonian/ David P. Cardaciotto
HAMILTON — Cases of an antibiotic-resistant skin infection continue to climb in one Hamilton Township high school.
Jeff Plunkett, the health department officer for the township, said his office has confirmed 11 cases of MRSA since September at Steinert High School.
“To the school district’s credit, they have reported every case to us and cooperated the whole way,” he said. “We are going to control and eliminate it to the best of our ability.”
Superintendent James Parla said the district has been thoroughly cleaning all the locker rooms and training facilities at Steinert. He said the district is organizing educational materials for students and parents to help prevent and identify infections.
“We are consistently doing that thoroughly, top to bottom cleaning,” he said. “We recently did it last weekend, and we are going to keep doing it again and again and again.”
Plunkett said the district is using chemicals from a list of cleaners specifically meant to kill the MRSA bacteria.
He said the district reported the first case on Sept. 9 and the most recent confirmed case on Monday. Another infection, at Hamilton High School West, is waiting a lab test to confirm whether it is MRSA.
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Make sure to wash those hands!


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