A Lake Fenton High School student has been diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In response, Principal Chris Belcher sent a letter Feb. 6 to parents. “We received word yesterday that a student at the high school was diagnosed with MRSA. The Genesee County Health Department was contacted to learn if there were any special things we should do at the high school to determine if there was any risk to students and staff. We were informed there are no special things we need to do and the student may attend school as long as the wound is covered.”

 According to the Genesee County Health Department, staph bacteria, including MRSA, are spread by direct skin-to-skin contact — like shaking hands, wrestling, or other direct contact with the skin of an infected person. Staph can also spread by contact with items that have been touched by an infected person — like towels or shared athletic equipment in the gym or on the field. If you have any questions, contact the CD Nurses with Genesee County Health Department at (810) 257-1017.

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