Mrsa Symptoms | MRSA In Schools - What Needs To Be Done


MRSA or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that causes a lot of health problems because it is resistant antibiotics such as methicillin and penicillin. This bacterial infection affects certain categories of people more than others because their immunity has been compromised in some manner. It is also highly virulent, being spread through contact with infected surfaces. Children, with their undeveloped immunity and propensity to be in close physical contact with each other are particularly susceptible to getting this infection. In addition, they can also pass it on to adults who are in close proximity to them. As a result, parents and educators need to be properly educated regarding this infection.

Schools need to be very particular about hygiene because this infection spreads very easily here. Children should ideally be advised to remain at home when they are unwell so that they do not spread the infection further. Staying at home will also help them recover faster. There is lack of consensus amongst different health departments regarding the exclusion of kids who suffer from an MRSA infection. Certain healthcare professionals believe that a child should be permitted to come to school as long as he or she has no uncovered wounds. However, school administrators and parents alike are more comfortable if an infected child stays at home. People suffering from an MRSA infection usually have pus filled wounds on their bodies that need to be kept covered at all times.


Children should be taught about the importance of washing hands properly and covering their mouths when coughing so that they do not contaminate their surroundings. The school should also keep hand washing supplies handy in school, ensuring that the children are encouraged to use them. The school should also structure the daily activities so that there is a specific time allotted for hand washing.

It is also very important for people to be aware of common MRSA symptoms so that they can take the appropriate action if a child gets infected with it. This is also very important in order to ensure that the child gets the necessary treatment as soon as possible. Since the infection is caused by a drug resistant bacterium it needs to be treated with a great deal of care. If neglected, it can affect internal organs as well, sometimes leading to death. As a result, schools should ensure that they give the right information to parents.


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