MRSA scare for DODDS student
A Heidelberg, Germany, student underwent successful treatment for an antibiotic-resistant staph infection and returned to school, according to an Army report.
The incident marks the second confirmation by officials since October of a Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe student infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
Last week, a letter was sent to parents of students at Patrick Henry Elementary School informing them that a student was treated for MRSA, according to the report.
“Because of concerns about MRSA, we want to make sure you all know what we are doing and what we are continuing to do in order to reduce the possibility of the spread of skin infections in our school,” according to the letter.
“Because skin infections are primarily passed on through skin-to-skin contact, it is important to know that the transmission of infections can be prevented by several simple measures.
These include practicing good hygiene, covering open cuts and scrapes, avoiding sharing personal items and maintaining a clean environment.”
Normally appearing in the community as a skin infection, MRSA became a hot topic last month.
In October, a student at Vogelweh Elementary School in Kaiserslautern was infected with MRSA, treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and released with a clean bill of health.
The student returned to school, but officials did not immediately notify other parents of the occurrence, drawing some ire.
Earlier the same month in the United States, a seventh-grade student in Brooklyn and a high-school senior in Virginia died from MRSA.
The ensuing buzz had dozens of U.S. schools temporarily closing for deep cleanings.