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School Health Reference Guide

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

Childhood Diseases and Illnesses

COMMUNITY ACQUIRED METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUSM (CA-MRSA)
Description/Symptoms
  • Caused by a bacteria.
  • Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are normally present on the skin and in the nose of people.
  • MRSA is resistant to many of the antibiotics available today.
  • These infections usually manifest as skin infections such as pimples and boils and can occur in otherwise healthy people. They can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage.

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  • You can carry CA-MRSA and not be sick, however you can still spread it to others and they can become ill.
  • In most cases a person has the germ in their body but it does not result in a serious infection, however treatment choices are limited.
  • Spread through direct physical contact or through contact with objects contaminated with infected bodily fluids.
  • The risk of transmission is minimal if people wash their hands frequently and do not touch their face or nose when providing care.
  • MRSA is not spread by normal contact such as shaking hands, touching an individual or hugging.
Instructions for Schools
  • Does not need to be reported to Peel Public Health.
  • No exclusion needed.
  • For all antibiotic resistant organisms, frequent and thorough hand hygiene is the most important way of preventing the spread of any organism.
  • Make sure that any cuts, open wounds (e.g., pus drainage) and scrapes are kept clean and covered until they have healed. It is also important to avoid unprotected contact with other people’s wounds or bandages. Finally, do not share personal items such as towels, razors, washcloths, clothing or uniform.
  • The school can request a doctor’s note for a student with suspected CA-MRSA.
Notes
  • Remember to protect the confidentiality of the student by not disclosing a diagnosis to concerned parents and/or colleagues.
Resources and related links:

Disclaimer:
Peel Public Health is not responsible for the content of the linked websites and the information presented there


For more information on communicable disease resources and programs,
call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.(In Caledon, call 905-584-2216.)
 

www.peelregion.ca

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Revised: Tuesday January 12 2016