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Marion School Officials React to MRSA Outbreak
MARION (Ken Hines) -- A central Ohio principal hopes his school's athletes are no longer in danger of contracting MRSA after a recent outbreak that sickened at least six students.
Five Pleasant High School football players, along with a volleyball player, were treated for dangerous skin diseases in September. Three of those cases were confirmed as MRSA, while three others were not tested.
"People get nervous because it doesn't respond to traditional antibiotics," Pleasant Principal Brian Sparling said of public concern over the outbreak.
School officials responded to the students' illnesses with thorough cleanings of the school's athletic equipment and areas.
"We've disinfected this locker room, the visitors locker room, the weight room, both locker rooms in the high school and the middle school, I don't know how many times. I lost count," Sparling said.
Health officials say Sparling's approach is the correct method of dealing with an outbreak of MRSA, which is not as exotic as many people believe.
"It certainly is common enough that it's not even reportable to the health department," said Gwen Janeczek of the Marion Public Health Department.