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MRSA Outbreak No Cause For Concern, School Officials Say

Last updated on Sunday, January 13, 2008

(GREENCASTLE) - A new rash of the drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA at Greencastle-area schools has been reported to the Putnam County Public Department Of Health.

Though the "super bug" sounds scary, local health workers say that education and a few simple precautions will help stave off the spread and alleviate public concern.

Putnam County Health Officer Dr. Robert Heavin says the most recent outbreak occurred at Greencastle High School. But according to the Indiana Department of Education, school MRSA outbreaks are common and should not be cause for alarm.

Greencastle school nurse Kathy Custis says, "we have 2000 students in our schools. We're trying to be proactive and stay on top of it as much as possible."

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