Calvert County Public Schools released the following information on Thursday:

On Oct. 12, a letter was sent home with students to let parents know that several CCPS students were receiving treatment for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  MRSA is a bacterial infection that is passed from person to person through skin contact.

As of today, we are not aware of any additional students who have been diagnosed with MRSA.

In order to continue to protect the health of our students, employees and community, however, we continue to disinfect equipment and thoroughly clean classrooms, locker rooms, bathrooms, and other areas of our school facilities.   We are also asking any student with an uncovered scrape, cut or rash to see the school nurse for initial screening.  Students may be directed to their physician if there is any indication of an infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDP), practicing good hygiene is the most important thing that community members can do to prevent the spread of this infection.  These steps include:

1. Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
3. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
4. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
5. Use a barrier (e.g. clothing or towel) between your skin and shared athletic equipment.

You can visit the CDC website, which can be accessed through the following link, for more complete information: