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May 21, 2012 Dear Parent or Guardian: This morning it has been confirmed that one of our staff

members has been diagnosed with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Staphylococcus Aureus (SA) is a germ (bacterium) that frequently causes skin infections. Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus is a strain that is resistant to certain antibiotics. MRSA was first identified more than 40 years ago and has steadily been increasing in frequency across the country. Staphlococcal infections are usually spread from one person to another by close skin-to skin contact, usually through contaminated hands. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) most commonly causes skin infections (pimples, boils, or pustules) and can occasionally cause more significant soft tissue infections. If medical treatment is indicated then antibiotic is prescribed. Almost all superficial skin infections heal. In rare cases, particularly in a person who has other medical conditions, more serious infection can occur. MRSA skin infections are usually not worse than typical staphylococcal infections in previously healthy school children or healthy adults. If you have any concerns about your childs or your health, you should contact your health care provider. The simplest and most important measure to prevent the spread of infection is to use good personal hygiene. By the HIPPA laws we are unable to inform parents of the name, or any other information that would make this staff member stand out from others. In our building we have already taken precautions and will continue to clean the areas that this staff member had access too. The staff member infected has been out taking care of the infection and will not return until the doctor clears her/him to return. The infection occurred in an area completely covered by clothing, thus limiting the ability for it to be transferred. Once again, I would like to restate that only one case of MRSA was confirmed and the person involved is out receiving treatment. As soon as we were made aware of this situation the middle school staff immediately worked on making sure that everyone was safe. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call my office. Sincerely,

Frank D. Naccarato Jr. Principal