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MRSA Bacterial Infections

October 25, 2007

Recent reports of the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA ) skin infections in schools have raised questions and concerns about the infection and the prevention of the spread of Community-associated MRSA infections (CA-MRSA). To address this concern, Stony Brook is cleaning surfaces in locker rooms, athletic and training facilities with detergent-based cleaners and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectants effective against MRSA. These are the same type of products used in our hospital and healthcare facilities.

Careful hand washing is the single most effective way to control the spread of CA-MRSA. Practicing good personal hygiene, including showering after practices and competitions, not sharing personal items such as towels, covering skin trauma, and wiping down equipment/mats with commercial disinfectants is recommended. Members of the campus community are asked to help prevent the spread of MRSA and other communicable diseases by practicing good personal hygiene at home, school and work.

Additional information about MRSA can be found at the following websites:

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