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Northville High School Has 3rd Case of MRSA

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NORTHVILLE (WWJ) A metro Detroit high school is dealing with its third case of an antibiotic-resistant infection in three months — Northville High School officials notified parents via email Friday another student was diagnosed with MRSA.

Officials say this infection is unrelated to the two cases previously diagnosed in athletes.

Henry Ford infectious disease expert doctor Laura Johnson says parents should feel reassured the school is handling the case appropriately. She added it’s a common infection.

Caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection, MRSA can cause death in some extreme cases with people who have compromised immune systems. But it more commonly causes fairly benign skin infections, bringing sores or boils.

It’s spread by skin contact.

“There’s not necessarily a need to close the school or relocate or do anything special,” Johnson said.

School officials say some classrooms were cleaned this morning and the entire building will undergo cleaning this weekend.

“It can live on surfaces for some time and it definitely lives on our skin, in fact it can live on our skin and not cause any trouble at all,” Johnson said. “Some people are unlucky and sometimes develop skin infections from this bacteria.”

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