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Local Schools on Alert to Watch For Resilient Staph Infection

School districts all around the country are reporting cases of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA. Officials at San Diego City Schools say they haven't seen any cases, but they're

School districts all around the country are reporting cases of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA. Officials at San Diego City Schools say they haven't seen any cases, but they're reminding vigilant. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Earlier this week, a county in Virginia shut down 21 schools after a student died from a MRSA infection. Schools in a number of other states have reported cases, as well.

Jennifer Gordon is the nursing and wellness program manager for San Diego Unified. She says there haven't been any recent cases in her district.

Gordon : But it's something that people could have mild cases of or be carriers of without anyone knowing. So that's why we have to take precautions all the time just like with HIV or any other communicable disease.

Gordon says the district urges students and staff to wash their hands frequently, cover all wounds, and avoid sharing towels.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.

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