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November 11, 2007

Coffee County--  Coffee County Schools now join a growing list of South Georgia school systems with confirmed cases of a drug-resistant staph infection.

In a letter dated November 9th, Coffee Middle School Director Phil Dockery informed parents that one student within the system was diagnosed with MRSA. The student is said to be under physician care and should be back in school within a few weeks.

Principal Dockery assured parents in his letter that every precaution is being taken to keep students safe.  Germ control dispensers have been purchased for all Coffee County schools and all classrooms have been disinfected.

School nurses have also been trained to recognize symptoms. Health leaders say the best way to prevent the spread of the infection is to wash your hands often.

Confirmed cases have also been found in Dougherty, Thomasville and Lowndes County schools.

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