MRSA Outbreak in Myrtlepoint

Drawing my Maddie Metzler.

A recent outbreak of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, has surfaced, at Myrtle Point High School. According to Coos County Public Health, there have been six reported cases.

MRSA is a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs. Common symptoms of MRSA include small red bumps that are often mistaken for spider bites. Soon after, the small bumps may form into large abscesses, which may require surgical draining. Complications from MRSA can arise and can ultimately be life threatening.

No cases have been reported at Marshfield, but it is important for students and staff to be aware of MRSA and its potential outbreak.

Athletic Director Greg Mulkey said there has been no reported cases during his time at Marshfield.

“If there was somebody that was diagnosed with it here, then they would not be able to compete and come in contact with any other athletes, on our team or another opponent. Not until they were cleared from their doctor,” Mulkey said.

People at risk include wrestlers, who are exposed through skin-to-skin contact, which spreads the disease through small unnoticed cuts on the body. Preventative measures such as cleaning wrestling mats and practicing good hygiene are advised.