I believe you are all aware of the multiple media reports of Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) as a cause of infection throughout the country. MRSA is an organism that is well known to the medical community; it is not new. At Health Services, we see several students each academic year who have skin infections caused by MRSA. These students are treated successfully with common antibiotics that we have in our pharmacy. Please be assured that our clinicians at Health Services are very aware of public health issues and work diligently to identify and neutralize any exposure to our college community.
I would like to emphasize the following facts:
1. There is NO outbreak of MRSA in the Geneseo community.
2. MRSA is not a new organism.
3. MRSA can be the cause of curable skin infections in the community.
4. Hand washing and the routine sanitizing of surfaces are the best ways to prevent infection.
5. Abrasions and open wounds should be kept clean and covered.
6. Our clinicians are available to diagnose and treat any suspicious infections.
In addition, the custodial procedures call for thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces with solutions that kill the MRSA bacteria. If you have any questions, please contact Health Services at 245-5736.
Steven A. Radi, M.D Medical Director
For more information on MRSA, go to the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) website: http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/newyorkteacher_8763.htm