Staph Infections in Odessa Schools

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- ECISD confirmed ten cases of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), within the district but despite the numbers they say parents shouldn't panic.

"This is not just a Bonham issue, this is an issue in all the schools, but also in the entire community," said Principal James Ramage, of Bonham Junior High.

There have been four cases at Bonham, but six other schools in the district have one case confirmed case each.

"We've met with our faculty, let them know what's happening with some of our students, and an awareness program with some of our kidos to wash their hands," he said.

They want parents to watch for red pimple like bumps.

"If you catch it early enough when there is just one or two spots on your body, it does respond to antibiotics. Obviously if you wait long enough, it will be harder to cure it," Laura Mathew, R.N., Director of Health Services for ECISD.

School officials say it's impossible to keep an entire school germ-free, and the best way for kids to be protected is to wash their hands.

"The minute you wash every thing down the kids come in and they touch it, so there is no way you can make a school sterile," said Mathew.

If you want more information you can log onto ECISD's website: