Jessamine County

Public forum on MRSA scheduled in Jessamine County

NICHOLASVILLE — After a teen's recent death from a drug-resistant strain of staph, a public forum on such infections has been scheduled for next month.

The Jessamine County Health Department and Jessamine County Schools will host "Community-Associated MRSA: A Primer," a presentation on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the conference room at the health department, 215 East Maple Street, Nicholasville.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, state epidemiologist and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning with the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Humbaugh will cover the epidemiology of MRSA, recognition of infection, transmission, prevention of the spread of MRSA in the community setting, and prevention of development of antibiotic resistance.

Ryan Robinson, 17, a junior at West Jessamine High School, died March 10 of a MRSA infection.

The free presentation is open to the public, but registration is encouraged so enough handouts and educational materials can be provided.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Methvin, regional epidemiologist, Jessamine County Health Department, at (859) 885-4149, Ext. 1020, or JenniferN.Methvin@ky.gov.

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