DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A high school student here was diagnosed with a dangerous strain of staphylococcus infection. The Dyer County School System notified students and parents Thursday and told parents to look for the symptoms of the infection.
Staph infections are commonly found in hospitals and most often cause minor skin infections. However, the student was affected by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which is a strain that is resistant to antibiotics. "It is dangerous because it can go systemic, which means it can get into the blood stream," said Nancy Deere, community services director for the West Tennessee Department of Health. "If that happens, it can be fatal."