MRSA case reported at Livonia's Franklin High School
A case of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria has been reported at Livonia's Franklin High School, administrators said.
"Protocol for sanitization is being followed and the person will not return to school until cleared by a physician," school officials said in a letter to staff and parents issued Wednesday.
A Livonia Public Schools representative said a Franklin staff member is out but could not provide more information due to privacy issues.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is "an infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections." Though seen mostly in health-care settings, a community-associated type can spread through skin-to-skin contact, the group said.
Those at risk of exposure include high school wrestlers and people living in crowded conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic. The infection typically starts as small, red bumps resembling pimples, boils or spider bites.