Staph infection surfaces at Augusta State University

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 6 o'clock, October 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The serious staph infection MRSA has hit close to home at Augusta State University. The school is now speaking out.

"It's kinda scary," said student Trevor Bochardt.

The school sent out emails yesterday notifying students that one of its students has MRSA, the more serious form of staph infection.

That student reportedly waited a week and a half before coming forward.

"I don't think that person should come back to school until it is fully gone, or maybe they should just do online classes for a little while," Bochardt said.

Charlotte Price is chair of the nursing department at ASU. She told News 12, "I wouldn't say if you have MRSA you must do online learning any more than someone who has a cold or an allergy."

Price says the staff cleaned surfaces in the classrooms and other areas that may have been contaminated.

Student Samantha Carr, like Trevor, wants more. "You think you're like safe on a certain campus or somewhere you go, and when you find out you're not it's pretty shocking."

On any given day about 8 or 9 thousand students walk the campus. Campus officials tell News 12 this is an isolated incident and that there's no cause for concern.

"MRSA is something that we don't sneeze at, but it's something that should not generate panic either," Price said.

Students like Jessica Muhammad say they can't help but feel scared. She has class with the student. "He wasn't in class today. Thank God," Jessica said.

"At some point you have to be realistic," said Kathy Schoffe, director of public relations for ASU. "You take the precautions to make yourself healthy and to make those around you healthy."

"I just say he needs to stay out until he is well," Jessica said.

As for the school nurse, she says, "Wash your hands and cover your wounds and use good sense."

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  • by sam Location: augusta state on Nov 30, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    actually there is a male that has the infection at the school
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Oct 29, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    First of all, the student that has the infection at ASU isn't male, it's a female student. And second of all, they didn't wait a week a half before coming forward, they came forward as soon as they knew something was wrong. I guess ASU just decided to wait a week and a half before they did anything about it!
  • by anonymous Location: north augusta on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    First of all Jessica, grow up and quit wining. You have a greater chance of getting sick or catching something by going to Walmart. Wash your hands and keep sanitized and quit trying to wine your way out of going to school. It sounds like you just want a day off.
  • by Diane Location: Worried on Oct 28, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    I know for a FACT 3 students from ASU work at Romas Pizza. Two of them make the pizza. Should we be worried? I'm not eating there anymore, that's for sure.
  • by Terry Location: home on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:04 AM
    I heard of a case of someone that goes to school in Aiken County, but found out that the doctor just looked at the wound and diagnosed it, a culture wasn't done. It was staph, but wasn't confirmed as MRSA. The person told acquaintances that the doctor diagnosed it as MRSA without a culture/lab test being done, so can't be done. A friend of the Aiken county student had a culture done on his wound and found it to be staph, but it was not determined whether it was the MRSA type.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 at 07:23 PM
    this infection is not only at asu it is in alot of schools in north augusta and augusta area but isnt being announced. i believe their waiting on something to happen before action is taken.
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