Mrsa | Three Teen MRSA Cases Treated

Two South High Community School students told school officials they were ill Wednesday and a Worcester Technical High School student came forward yesterday, Superintendent Melinda J. Boone said at a press conference yesterday afternoon that included Dr. B. Dale Magee, the city’s public health commissioner.

All three were identified this week as having MRSA and are on antibiotics, officials said.

“They are all doing very well, and do not have to be isolated or excluded,” Dr. Magee said. Citing privacy laws, public health officials declined to provide the ages or genders of the students.

“This is strictly informative,” Ms. Boone said. “There is no major health risk.”

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, is a type of staph infection that can resist treatment with common antibiotics. Most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur most frequently among patients in health care settings.

Chief Academic Officer Jeffrey J. Mulqueen said last night the students involved all play contact sports. Each student is still attending classes, because they are undergoing treatment and keeping infected wounds covered.

District officials learned of the two South High student infections Wednesday independently of each other. One had just been diagnosed, and the

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