September 23, 2017
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Two children at Portland day camp infected with MRSA

By Patty Wight, Maine Public
Zbigniew Bzdak | TNS | BDN
Zbigniew Bzdak | TNS | BDN
A sample of live MRSA bacteria in a laboratory at the University of Chicago.

Two children attending a day camp in Portland have been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant skin infection known as MRSA.

It’s unclear where the children contracted the infection, but city of Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the camp cleaned its communal spaces for two days out of an abundance of caution.

“It is, unfortunately, very, very common these days for kids, and anyone, to contract this,” she said.

Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine Center for Disease Control, said while MRSA can cause serious bloodstream infections, it typically manifests as a skin infection.

Bennett says the best way to prevent MRSA is to wash hands and avoid sharing personal items such as razors and towels.

This report appears as part of a media partnership with Maine Public.

 


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