Greensboro, NC -- Guilford County Schools has confirmed a case of MRSA in one of its schools.
The school system says it informed parents whose children share a classroom with the infected student through a phone message Tuesday night. In the message, the principal at Southern Elementary said "a student contracted the infection and is being treated by a doctor.
"MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics," the message went on to say, "It is almost always spread by direct physical contact -- not through the air."
The phone message also encouraged parents to ensure their children practice good hygiene and to contact the school or their healthcare provider if they feared their child might have been exposed to the infection.
A Guilford County Schools spokeswoman said the infected student is part of a classroom that is "isolated" from the rest of the school's population. She would not elaborate on the child's age or gender, citing privacy laws.
The school system sent letters home on Wednesday to parents whose children share that classroom with the infected student.
A Guilford Co. Health Department spokeswoman says the classroom was cleaned with an antimicrobial disinfectant solution that was supplied by the school system's maintenance department.
Cone Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Cynthia Snider says parents shouldn't panic over the MRSA news.
"It's quite common to be in a shared space or in contact with somebody who has MRSA," Dr. Snider said. "The risk of you getting it from touching someone is very low."
The health department spokeswoman says the Southern Elementary student's infection was "always covered and never draining."
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