MRSA hits Columbia County schools

October 30, 2007

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA---Twelve Columbia County students are being treated for MRSA, the drug-resistant form of staph infection.

MRSA is resistant to commonly-used antibiotics, and if it isn't treated in time, it can be deadly. One 17-year-old high school student in Virginia died just two weeks ago from the deadly staph strain.

The Columbia County school district says each student has been removed from school until each has healed. The district also says desks and other areas the students came in contact with have been sanitized. Athletic equipment is also being cleaned by school staff.

School officials are urging all students to practice good personal hygiene and to get medical treatment if they think they're sick.

Notices were sent home with students who may have come in direct contact with infected students.

Columbia County schools with MRSA cases

High Schools
-Evans: 2
-Greenbrier: 2
-Harlem: 2
-Lakeside: 1

Middle Schools
-Greenbrier: 1
-Grovetown: 1
-Riverside: 1

Elementary Schools
-Blue Ridge: 1
-Grovetown: 1

Richmond County sent a letter to parents Tuesday saying the district has two unconfirmed cases of MRSA in students. It was later confirmed that one of them did in fact have MRSA.


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  • by Denise Location: Phillips on Aug 23, 2008 at 09:35 PM
    I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THERE ARE CASES OF MRSA IN GLASCOCK COUNTY SCHOOLS NOW. SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS ON THE NEWS. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME
  • by rosie Location: glascock.co on Nov 5, 2007 at 01:01 PM
    Has there been any reports of mrsa in glascock co.? we havent heard anything about it yet from our schhool. Should we worry? And how should we keep our children safe and germ free/
  • by Veronica Location: 420 EAST BOUNDARY on Nov 2, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    Eastaugusta is a great school.My teacher name is Ms.Robinson she's a great teacher to and Mrs.Johnson and Ms.Brayant all of them are pertty cool teachers
  • by shirley Location: grovetown on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:56 PM
    i spoke with grovetown middle and the columbia county board of education today oct.31 the school first told me they didn't have a student with mersa. i ask the board of education about the letter that should have been sent out they tell me the news is the best way of letting the parents know although this has been going on for a couple of weeks now, and they said only the immediate classroom would be notified that the student that had the infection was in , what about the other students how would anybody know who the infected student had touched or been around with?
  • by tracy Location: harlem on Oct 31, 2007 at 04:38 PM
    i think they should close school to clean them fully an what about the high school kids who ridebusses together with middle school. buses should be wash to
  • by concerned parent Location: columbia county on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:37 AM
    I am a bus driver for Columbia county and I drive for one of the schools with infections reported. I have heard nothing about sanitizing my bus. The ccboe has sent nothing to the drivers. I have picked up some Lysol and spray twice a day. But to tell the truth I don't know if this is enough. Does Lysol kill the germ?????????????? There are no set standards for me to go by. (something to think about.)
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on Oct 31, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    It is strange how Columbia Middle has 2 cases of staph but is not MRSA like all the other schools. Can someone from CCBOE explain that? I also want to make sure that theschools are being properly cleaned not spot cleaned.
  • by concerned parent Location: grovetown on Oct 31, 2007 at 04:00 AM
    While I'm thankful for knowing which Columbia County schools have been affected--why hasn't the Richmond County school been announced? Parents need to know these things.
  • by Kaye Daly Location: martinez on Oct 31, 2007 at 01:21 AM
    Columbia middle school has had at least 2 cases of MRSA and as you see,they are not on the list. They constantly hide things which should be public(.and will be)
  • by shirley Location: grovetown on Oct 30, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    i have a grandaughter at grovetown middle why has there not been a letter sent home about the msra virus. has the schools been sanitized why are parents grandparents being kept in the dark this has been going on for 2 weeks in columbia county schools and the onlyest way that we had got information on this situation is through our local news stations.
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