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MRSA cases confirmed at south Georgia schools

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two south Georgia school systems currently have confirmed cases of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

Three cases are confirmed in Lee County Schools and five confirmed and two suspected cases in Dougherty County Schools. Since January there have been 80 confirmed cases in southwest Georgia.

The Southwest Georgia Public Health District is encouraging schools and parents to be vigilant. Last year was the first year schools in south Georgia experienced outbreaks and cleaned locker rooms and equipment trying to keep the super-bug from spreading. Because it can be transmitted by skin to skin contact health officials say the best defense is hand washing.

"Wash your hands. That's the key message. This is a skin to skin contact or contact where the bug is on something and gets to the skin so washing your hands is the best advice that we can give to school children or anybody," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, the Southwest Georgia Public Health District Director.

Health officials say if you notice a skin infection that becomes severe and won't heal you should contact your doctor. The health care provider must take a culture to positively identify MRSA.

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