Health officials, schools to meet about staph surge

Health officials in Nassau and Suffolk will meet with all of Long Island's school superintendents Wednesday about recent reports of drug-resistant staph infections throughout the region. More than two

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2007, 8:49 PM

Updated 6,102 days ago

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Health officials in Nassau and Suffolk will meet with all of Long Island's school superintendents Wednesday about recent reports of drug-resistant staph infections throughout the region.
More than two dozen students across the Island were diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in recent weeks. MRSA also claimed the lives of two students, one in Brooklyn and another in Virginia, over the past month.
Acting Nassau County Health Commissioner Abby Greenberg said MRSA is not uncommon.
"We are not seeing a sudden epidemic or outbreak," Greenberg said. "What we're seeing is a heightened awareness of a situation that has been present for a very long time."
In Nassau, cases were reported in Baldwin, Bellmore, Farmingdale, Massapequa, Long Beach, Hicksville, Glen Cove, Freeport, Westbury, Levittown, Elmont, Rockville Centre, and two each in Roosevelt and Garden City.
In Suffolk, 13 cases of the infection in total were reported in the Southampton, Longwood, Riverhead, Sachem, William Floyd, Rocky Point, Connetquot, Smithtown and Cold Spring Harbor school districts.
Though potentially deadly, there are antibiotics that treat MRSA. Health officials said hand washing and good hygiene help to stop spreading the bacteria.
Related Information:Nassau staph information: (516) 571-2500Suffolk staph information: (631) 853-3055
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