Doctors try to quell fears with second CT staph case

A second case of resistant staph infection has been found in southwestern Connecticut, but doctors maintain residents should not be overly worried.

An elementary school boy at Bridgeport?s Classical Studies Academy was diagnosed Thursday. Officials confirmed a case in a Weston High School girl Wednesday.

Local doctors are working to separate fact from fiction in the minds of residents when it comes to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA. They say the vast majority of cases are found in hospitals.

However, the two recent cases in Connecticut and others across the country have put a lot of attention on cases found in schools.

Experts say the community as a whole may be susceptible, but residents can work to prevent the spread of the infection by keeping hands clean, not sharing items with infected individuals and keeping equipment in gyms clean.

Stamford Health Director Dr. Johnnie Lee says the concern is understandable, which is why he is trying to get as much information out to the public as possible. Lee says MRSA doesn?t become a problem until the person has a wound or cut that allows the infection into the body. It can be spread by skin-to-skin contact.

The state health department says there are nearly 900 cases of MRSA every year in Connecticut.

Related Information:State Department of Public Health - 860-509-7994

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