LI health officials hold summits on 'superbug'

Nassau and Suffolk health officials held summits Wednesday to inform school superintendents about staph "superbug" infections. In a few weeks, health officials say the number of the drug-resistant strain,

News 12 Staff

Oct 31, 2007, 9:22 PM

Updated 6,105 days ago

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Nassau and Suffolk health officials held summits Wednesday to inform school superintendents about staph "superbug" infections.
In a few weeks, health officials say the number of the drug-resistant strain, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has grown to 28 confirmed cases. Fifteen of those cases are confirmed in Nassau County.
In Nassau, health officials met with at least 47 school superintendents to educate them about the infection. Health officials say the purpose of the meetings is to bring down the fears about the potentially deadly bacteria.
Doctors say there is not an epidemic of staph infections. They say there is just an increase in reported cases and a heightened awareness about it.
Also on Wednesday, health officials met with Suffolk school superintendents about the bacteria.
To watch Nassau County's complete press conference on MRSA, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
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