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Harrisburg Middle School warns parents about skin infection

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One Lincoln county school is warning parents about a contagious skin infection that's resistant to some anti-biotics.

KSFY News spoke with a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases to find out what you should know to keep your child safe.

Harrisburg Middle School sent out a letter to parents to let them know one student has a case of the skin virus MRSA.

KSFY News spoke with a doctor who says it's a common bug in the environment.

It typically doesn't cause an infection, unless you have a scrape, bruise, or nick, which is common for kids.

If you're worried about your kids contracting MRSA, there are some signs you can look for.

Dr. Jeremy Storm said "just keeping a look out if you're kid, if you notice they're having any sores, boils or abscesses on their skin or if they maybe feel sick, just keeping an eye out for how their skin looks."

Dr. Storm said says kids are very susceptible to MRSA.

"Kids are probably, the problem I think is their close proximity with each other and some strains of MRSA or staph can spread pretty rapidly in communities or especially close settings like a school," Dr. Storm said.

That's why Harrisburg Middle School principal is taking precautions.

Principal Tim Koehler said "we sent home a message last evening that just told the parents we had a confirmed case. that we were taking precautions here and that essentially we're being over cautious and wanted to make sure we're doing everything we can on our end."

The school is disinfecting to prevent it spreading but says students also can help.

"We've asked students to, if they have laundry or any clothing, or anything here, to take that home and clean it. in our message, we talked about, making sure students are washing their hands and are doing their part to help us out," Koehler said.

There was only one case of mer-sa reported at the school.  It's not known if the student contracted the bacteria inside or outside of school.

Dr. Storm said if your child has a bad skin infection or bad sore, the best thing to do is to see a doctor before it turns serious.

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