A student at Amador Valley High School is under a medical quarantine after testing positive for a Staph infection--clinically called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), the Pleasanton school district announced yesterday.
The infection can be spread through skin-to-skin contact and can even be deadly in some instances.
In an email sent to parents of Amador students Monday, Myla Y. Grasso, the district's public information officer, said district staff "has cleaned areas including the gym and locker room with hospital-grade disinfectant."
"Usually, an affected person is no longer communicable after being on antibiotics for 24 Hours," she said. "The student will return to school only after being cleared by a physician."
"There have been previous occurrences of MRSA in our district, but to the best of our knowledge, there has never been a case that has spread from student to student," she added.
The infection is commonly found on the nose and on skin surfaces. To most, it's not serious and can be treated by antibiotics, but can be harmful if it gets into an open wound and reaches the bloodstream.
Some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on preventing a staph infection include:
* wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
* keep your cuts and scrapes clean and cover them with bandages;
* do not touch other people's cuts or bandages;
* do not share personal items like towels.