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2 MRSA cases identified at Jessamine schools

Students at two Jessamine County schools will carry home letters Thursday, notifying parents about two cases of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections, a type of staph infection that has become resistant to commonly used antibiotic treatments.

Both cases have been confirmed by physicians, according to the letter sent to parents. The letter, which was written by Superintendent Lu S. Young, was sent "as a precaution and to aid in the prevention of the spread of MRSA."

School officials said they learned about the cases late Wednesday, and it was too late to notify students and parents.

School officials said one of the cases involved an East Jessamine High School student, and the other involved an East Jessamine Middle School student. One of the students has since returned to class, Assistant Superintendent Owens Saylor said. He did not know which student.

Young's letter says, "In accordance with Jessamine County School District protocol, any student(s) or staff confirmed to have MRSA will be permitted to return to school only if they have been cleared to do so, in writing, by their physician."

Extra custodians were sent to both schools Wednesday night to be sure the buildings were thoroughly cleaned, the letter says.

School did not need to be closed to "disinfect" because "routine cleaning with an EPA-registered solution is effective at removing MRSA from the environment."

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