Two cases of MRSA diagnosed in Forest Hills Northern HS

Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 15:58:41-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – School has gotten off to a rough start for two students at Forest Hills Northern High School who have been diagnosed with MRSA.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is a bacterial infection that is resistant to a select group of antibiotics.  However, MRSA is treatable.

MRSA skin infections may look like a pimple or boil, and can be red, swollen and painful, according to a note sent home to FHNHS parents.  The note says MRSA is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with shared items like towels, razors or bandages.

The principal says in the note to parents that they are taking precautions and working with custodial staff.