Northgate school to undergo cleaning, following MRSA infection report
A mild case of MRSA, a staph infection, has been confirmed in a staff member at Northgate Middle/High School.
On Thursday, school officials discovered that the staffer had been diagnosed with the infection, said Northgate School District Superintendent Joseph W. Pasquerilla, who said the staffer had been out of school ill since late last week.
“In order to be proactive in the prevention of communicable disease, the entire building will be extensively cleaned by a professional company,” Pasquerilla wrote in a letter posted on the district's website on Thursday.
Parents were notified by an automated call system, he said.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
MRSA is spread by direct contact with another person or touching contaminated surfaces, the CDC says.
A company will start cleaning the school building on Monday and expects to be finished by Friday, Pasquerilla said.
Over the summer, about 15 staffers are working in the building, but they have been relocated to another building until the cleaning is finished, he said.
No student activities will be allowed in the school until that time, he said.
Students who live in Bellevue or Avalon attend Northgate.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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