Staph infection at Augusta State

October 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Augusta State University reports a case of staph infection involving one of its students, and sources on campus tell News 12 it's MRSA, the more serious form of infection.

The student apparently had it for a week and a half before coming forward yesterday.

The professors who taught that student have been notified, and ASU's physical plant staff has already cleaned surfaces in the classrooms and other areas that may have been contaminated.

News 12 caught up with a student on campus who says it's scary.

"We have a thousand students here, we have a computer lab," Patrick Harris, a junior, told News 12. "They're touching things, and exposing several people to whatever they have, and it's wrong on their part, and it's kind of scary to actually know someone would be that irresponsible."

We're told the student will not be allowed back on campus until doctors say it's safe.

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  • by MISSI Location: AIKEN on Nov 9, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    NEVER JUDGE A MAN UNTIL YOU WALK IN HIS SHOES! yes we are all scared and some of us have children and are scared for them. how would you feel if everyone found out it was you kid that started a deadly viruse,or even that it was you. you would be scared. i think that we need to try to stay clean and use bandaids when needed. most of all any one of us can go at anytime just think what you want to be remembered for. keep peace in your heart at all times! everybody is someone elses child!
  • by Jamie Location: Augusta GA on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:45 PM
    Please can u keep this site up dated because i sure would not want to get the Staph infection, REMEBER IT CAN BE HARMFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And remeber to keep everything sanatizing!!!
  • by Jen Location: Augusta on Oct 28, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    It is true that many of the viewers out there do not think about how many people are infected with a malady of disorders that are on the skin and walk around day to day, use the same shopping carts. movie theatre seats, etc... Do you see anyone even ever sanatizing the play areas at Mc Donalds? What about the ER... No one has ever sprayed behind me getting up from anywhere. I do not have anything, but I know people walk around with Herpes, Hep, HIV, Warts, Staff, Emetigo etc... Be fair. I am sure this student is scared and how about thinking about those around you who face their pathologies every day. Keep youself covered and clean. We all carry Staff. Do your research before you blurt out anything you do not know about.
  • by Harvey Location: Aiken, SC on Oct 26, 2007 at 03:49 PM
    There is an air purification system now available which extensive testing has resulted in "published scientific testing at Kansas State and University of Cincinnati show substancial reductions in both surface and airborne contaminants. We have such equipment in our home.
  • by Michael Location: Augusta, GA on Oct 26, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    I had MRSA three times two years ago, as well as several others on my football team. I have very good hygene, but it's easy to pass along when your on a football team. They should of done a story on that so health officials could have gotten rid of it and I wouldn't have gotten two more times.
  • by Michael Location: Augusta, GA on Oct 26, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    You know the reality of this situation, is that hundreds of students are irresponsible with their hygene. How many times have you witnessed anybody not washing their hands after going to the bathroom. Do you know which people in your class that you sit with everyday, who have AIDS/HIV. We are totally exposed and unless you plan on wearing a bubble wrap everyday, be prepared to get something, hopefully not. I don't wish upon anyone to contract any illness. All I am saying is be realistic.
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