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Danger from superbug MRSA more common in valley

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 5/01 9:05 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Deaths from the superbug MRSA have made national news. But what you may not know is that the infection is becoming more common among kids in the valley.

Many local pediatricians say they are seeing new cases of this staph infection every week, and the Clark County School District has created a plan to prevent the spread.

It looks innocent enough, but the skin infection can turn deadly. And like other drug-resistant infections, MRSA can be traced to overuse of antibiotics.

Pediatrician Wendy King says more of her young patients are coming in with MRSA -- a change from how it used to be.

MRSA has moved from hospital settings to places like schools and other places kids frequent.

Since MRSA can be transmitted through indirect contact, the Clark County School District recommends that schools wipe down locker rooms and PE equipment consistently with disinfectant.

Because MRSA can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, wrestlers and other athletes have to be on high alert.

Teachers also are advised to watch for open cuts and these wounds should be covered, even if it's not a popular decision.

MRSA usually presents as a skin infection, so if a cut begins to look unusual, see a doctor. Dealing with the potential severity of MRSA is a lesson better left unlearned.

For now, MRSA can still be treated with some antibiotics, but not those that are penicillin-based.

These are usually a doctor's first choice in treating infection, but MRSA bacteria have found a way around these medications.


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