Parents have been notified of a case of MRSA this week at Monroe High in Union County, officials confirmed Friday.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an antibiotic-resistant bacterial disease that can affect the skin or bloodstream. One way it can be spread is by skin-to-skin contact, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website.
The Union County school district was notified Wednesday that a student athlete had MRSA, spokeswoman Tahira Stalberte said Friday. She said she could not identify the sport the student played.
No other student at the school became infected, she said.
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Parents were notified by an automated call Wednesday and in a letter that went out Thursday, Stalberte said. She said the gymnasium and some rooms at the school have been cleaned and sanitized.
Richard Matens, executive director of the county Human Services Department, said MRSA represented a health concern but not a public health crisis.
About 10 percent of the student population probably carries MRSA, but people are not getting sick from it because they do not have open wounds, Matens said.
In November, the school district informed parents of a case of MRSA at Sandy Ridge Elementary near Marvin.