Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), more commonly known as Staph, is a type of bacteria that may cause skin infections that look like an infected pimple or boil. Skin infections that are caused by Staph may be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. Some Staph (known as MRSA) are resistant to certain antibiotics yet still treatable. People are more likely to get a Staph infection through skin-to-skin contact or contact with contaminated objects such as soap, clothing, or towels.

    Please be assured that MUSD is using appropriate preventive measures to limit the spread of MRSA. All principals, teachers, and coaches have received information regarding prevention and control strategies. The district’s Director of Health Services has been in communication with the Pima County Health Department and school nurses are also working with school staff to ensure early detection and prompt medical evaluation of any suspicious skin sores. Several additional safety precautions have been implemented at our schools, including cleaning of surfaces and athletic areas with approved products effective against MRSA.

    Below you will find information to help you and your family reduce the risk of contracting the infection. Please assist us by discussing this information with your child and encouraging good hygiene.
    Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer Keep cuts and scraps clean; cover sores with bandages Avoid skin contact, do not touch other people’s cuts or bandages Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, soap, and clothing. Wash all clothes and towels that might be carrying Staph in hot water. 

    Early treatment of suspected MRSA is important. If you are concerned about a wound or sore on your child, consult your health care provider immediately. If you have any questions, contact your health care provider, the school nurse at your child’s school and/or the Pima County Health Department at (520) 724-7797. 

    Additional Information

    Arizona Department of Health MRSA