October 23, 2014

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Amherst schools warn of staph

A posting on the Amherst Schools’ Web site Wednesday reported that staph infections that have been plaguing the nation may have spread to Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst.

“Today we have been advised that a student at Steele High School MAY have been diagnosed with a MRSA infection,” the district reported on its Web site.

Despite the inconclusiveness of the diagnosis, the recent rash of staph infections — and the increased fear of a drug-resistant staph infection in particular — led Amherst Superintendent Robert Boynton to decide to inform the students and their parents.

“We’re playing it extra safe,” he said.

According to Boynton, this is the only reported case in the district and has yet to have been confirmed.

“We should know if it is MRSA tomorrow,” he said.

Until then Amherst schools will continue to follow the guidance of the Lorain County Health Department and pay special attention to cleaning and hygiene, Boynton said.