Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus , or MRSA is not a pretty sight, but is now a common one for health professionals in Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Health clinics average two to three cases a day. Nurse practitioner Susan McDonald explained, " It has mutated. Instead of being sensitive to the real common antibiotics we've used on kids for generations, it's become so resistant that it's only sensitive to a select few antibiotics."
A student in the Woden School District is taking the medicine. The child is not alone. Staph infections are on educator's radar screens, right up there with TAK's scores. Woden superintendent Wayne Mason said, " It's something that all schools are very aware of. We put out foggers. We wipe desks. There are precautions every school is taking and will continue to take."
Schools do allow children with staph infections to return to class. The risk of infecting others can be minimized with proper precautions. McDonald said, " Usually if you've been on the antibiotic for about 48 hours and you are taking care of the drainage and you're just not, you know draining pus all over the place, yes you can go back. "
While more common at schools, staph can affect people of all ages. The bacteria enters through any opening in the skin. A small scratch or bite can turn into a nasty boil in just a couple of days.