Local student suffers staph infection

Norwalk Catholic School canceled class today for its pre-kindergarten class, called the young five's, because one student was diagnosed with the potentially dangerous staph infection Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said MRSA is resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics. "Classes were canceled today for that child's classroom only out of an abundance of caution," Hollinger said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Norwalk Catholic School canceled class today for its pre-kindergarten class, called the young five's, because one student was diagnosed with the potentially dangerous staph infection Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said MRSA is resistant to broad-spectrum antibiotics. "Classes were canceled today for that child's classroom only out of an abundance of caution," Hollinger said.

"In this case, everyone involved has done their job," he said.

Recent outbreaks of MRSA have caused concern and drawn attention in recent weeks. MRSA usually results in no more than a skin infection for most people, but national attention has focused on the disease after a high school student in Virginia died, a suburban Dayton school closed and the infection was found in a district in southwest Ohio.

Walter Klimaski, president of Norwalk Catholic School, said the family of the student learned of the staph infection Friday. The family took the child to a doctor because of a mark on the child's skin, Klimaski said. He added that he was told the staph infection was clearing up by Saturday.

The family called up the teacher for the class Saturday to inform her and Klimaski learned of the problem Sunday night. He contacted the Huron County Health Department for advice on how to handle the situation.

"Not knowing where we stand, we decided to cancel the classes in young five's," Klimaski said. He added that the classroom, reading area, bathrooms and possibly playground equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the 18 students in the class return to school. Klimaski did not know this morning how long class will be canceled for the young five's.

"We're sending out information to the parents this morning and posting it on our Web page," Klimaski said.

Klimaski said the child with the staph infection can return to school as long as the area infected is covered by a bandage or clothing.

"We want to be preventative here," Klimaski said. "We clean on a regular basis," but now every item in the areas must be completely disinfected. He said if any other cases turn up, the schools will continue to disinfect any areas that a student with staph has used.

The Health Department said MRSA first appeared in hospitals, but started showing up outside of hospitals in the 1990s. Doctors have credited the overuse of antibiotics with leading to the development of MRSA.

About one-fourth of the population carries the staph infection in their noses with no illness. Staph becomes a problem when it enters the body through a cut or wound. Young, elderly, ill people and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to MRSA.

A staph-infected site may turn red, look like a pimple, look like a spider bite, look like a boil or have drainage. The skin around the bump may feel hot. Sometimes the surrounding skin turns black as the bacteria kills the skin cells. Red streaks in the surrounding area, joint pain or fever may mean that a serious infection has spread beyond the skin.

A healthy body can usually fight a staph infection on its own, but MRSA can move from skin infection to serious blood infection requiring hospitalization in a matter of days. The Health Department warned anyone with symptoms of a serious staph infection to contact a doctor immediately.

For more information, people can contact Hollinger at the Health Department at (419) 668-1652, ext. 228.

Comments

Concerned Paren...

If this student was truly diagnosed with MRSA and the officials are using an abundance of caution... there are common areas (playground, cafeteria, reading room, restrooms, etc) shared with multiple other classes, then why wasn't the entire school closed until it was properly disinfected?

Zen (Anonymous)

This is scary, once it starts getting into the schools it's going to get out of control. I think all area schools need to get on a regualr disinfecting regiment.

too close to ho...

i live in willard and i have treated many people with MRSA and it is scarey this stuff is so dangerous and as a mother of a 6 yr old i am truely terrified i was always scared of bringing it home from work and some how him getting it not going to school and getting it..please everyone that reads this the single most important way to prevent this is wash ur hands...hand santizers are not to replace hand washing...it is good to use but is not the prevention!!!!

momof2girls (An...

Why does someone have to be sick before we disinfect the school? Shoulden't the desks & bathrooms be cleaned every night?????? Really cleaned? You woulden't allow your home bathroom not to be cleaned & its not used by 18 five year olds. I don't understand why schools aren't cleaning properly before it becomes a problem.

worried dad (An...

I agree - the entire school should have been closed for disinfecting of the entire building. The school should have assumed that any of the children in the classroom could be infected and disinfected the, again, entire school. I know the kindergarten children often travel to the other buildings (St. Paul's). Are these travels going to be postposted until we are sure we do not have additional infections? The aftercare programs from both schools are at the St. Mary's building. That means children from the elemtary used the bathroom, gym, etc before the school was disinfected.

what about (Ano...

the people who run day care out of their own homes should they not take the same precautions as well. My former neighbor did and I NEVER seen them out in the yard cleaning the playsets.

Friend of famil...

It is a shame that news reports are so scary and inaccurate. The information given by Mr. Klimask was not correct, he never spoke to the parents about the situation to get the facts. The child was diagnosed with a staph infection, no strain was identified, and it was quickly treated. The child has completely recovered.

W A S H Y O U ...

At the end of August 2004, after a successful pilot scheme to tackle MRSA, the UK National Health Service announced its "Clean Your Hands" campaign. Wards will be required to ensure that alcohol-based hand rubs are placed near all beds so that staff can hand wash more regularly. It is thought that if this cuts infection by just 1%, the plan will pay for itself many times over. Health-care workers are reportedly largely neglecting the simple, yet effective, practice of hand-washing, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s report that hand-washing alone would save the lives of roughly 30,000 patients per year in the US, not from MRSA alone, but from all nosocomial infections.

too close to ho...

AMEN!!! WASH UR HANDS!!

comfortably cle...

I hope that some of my family members read this!I wash my hands a lot!I also keep a very clean home and I'm always walking behind my husband sanitizing stuff he has touched right after he touches something dirty or whatever!He is such a conartist!He has gotten a bit better.What really rashes me is when I hear people telling stories about dirty things[and they say it's gross] and then they turn around and come into contact with it or whatever & they don't wash their hands!Today my husband told me that most men go to the bathroom & don't wash their hands!I worked in an establishment for over 12 yrs.& I could here if the toilet flushed or the sink was running from the area where I worked at.In a restaurant!And many would not wash& come out & eat!I have worked with some women that are guilty of that too!We quit going to Olive Gar.last year, because our waitress did that!I did report it to the manager,& he made me feel like a heel.So in turn we asked to please not have her return to our table,& my hubby said that we will not be back!Washing our hands is such an easy thing to do!

Totally grossed...

I know of certain grocery stores in the area that need to improve on this hand washing issue. I was in a store one day, when a deli worker had to wait on me at the 'hot food bar', they had on gloves, and when they took my money, they never removed the gloves, and then proceeded to go back to shaving meat! They need to crackdown on this kind of behavior, it's not accepatble! I won't buy anything from that deli or hot foods bar again. ALL food workers should be sent to the 'Food Service Safety' program. I know they send managers, why not the department workers as well? I don't think hanging a piece of paper up stating to 'WASH YOUR HANDS' is going to work. In time, it will just blend into the scenery and go unnoticed.

for your inform...

There is a hairstylist from Willard who is married to a man who has staff infection from shooting up heroin. Last known she was employeed in Norwalk. I think some of her customers might like to be aware of this. She was the "so called" victim of a recent robbery in Willard on Austin dr. And how many children's hair does she do??? My personal opinion is she or anyone in her position should have to post a notice that they are co-habitating with someone who has this. Its not discrimination, its prevention. This is very contagious and I feel it should have to be reported to the health dept. and posted for everyone's saftey.

for your inform...

spelling mistake--staph--please forgive!!

OMG (Anonymous)

YES, WE SHOULD BE INFORMED!! I DO BELIEVE I KNOW WHO THIS STYLIST IS BUT WHERE IS SHE EMPLOYEED AT HERE IN NORWALK??? AND YES, IT SHOULD BE POSTED. IT SHOULD BE OUR DECISION IF WE WANT TO BE WAITED ON BY EMPLOYEES, WHO HAVE OR LIVE WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS THIS INFECTION OR ANY KIND OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASE IN THE PUBLIC THAT SERVE US. I WANT TO KNOW!!!

Beth (Anonymous)

Just a thought...when I was little and we didn't worry about sanitizing everything all the time, we weren't any worse off. We sanitize stuff so much now that our bodies can't even get immuned to things, which makes it worse. That's just my theory, but I think it sounds right. We shouldn't over-sanitize. My house is very clean, but I don't follow around my husband and kids to sanitize everything they touch. I think that would be considered O.C.D.

Re: Beth (Anonymous)

I know exactly what you are saying. We grew up with the lead paint, no carbon monoxide or smoke detectors (until we were older) and everyone in my family is fine. I grew up in the late 60's early 70's and sanitation meant mom put bleach in the laundry or she scoured the sink with Comet. I just have a problem with food service and health care workers not washing their hands on a regular basis. Most people I know who have had surgery ends up with an infection of some sort. It's so easy to wash your hands. That should be considered the easiest part of your job, just washing your hands!

for your inform...

Hair stylist won't be styling much hair, Busted, tonight, read the Reflector tomorrow. And those of you have had your hair done by her in the past year, hope you don't get staph infection.

Beth (Anonymous)

And I agree with you on that. Your own home is a lot different than a food service place. You never know if the person who made your meal just took a nice crap and only rinsed their hands off.

re:for your inf...

well, where is this BIG story news event? I'm not seeing it...

re for your inf...

yes where is it I dont see it either guess you dont know what you are talking about.

to for your inf...

ASK THE REFLECTOR?? YES, I DO KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. GO BY WILCOX'S AND YOU WILL SEE THEIR CONVERTIBLE SITTING RIGHT UP FRONT, GOLD WITH A BLACK TOP. IF ITS NOT HERE TOMORROW MAYBE SOME ONE SHOULD BE ASKING THE REFLECTOR WHY. JUST LIKE LAST WEEK WHEN A WOMEN WAS BUSTED AT RITE-AID IN WILLARD, AND THE NAME HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED, WHY IS THAT. I SAW IT WITH MY OWN 2 EYES, WHY IS HER NAME BEING KEPT QUIET?

re to for your ...

funny you seem to be at the right place at the right time alot to witness and know all this stuff that doesnt show up in newspapers.

to for your inf...

did not witness dalton being busted, read what I wrote carefully before you comment please. I did see their car sitting at wilcox's, hard to miss, it's right up front. And I did witness the women being busted last week at rite aid parking lot as I was in the friendship store across the street. I do not know her but several people, some of who worked with her at mcdonalds was commenting about her just leaving mcdonalds a few minutes earlier. Thats how I heard her name. The paper only mentioned it, in their daily police log, no names. and I did not see this but was told this. I will go back and see exactly what it said if you like.

DONT KNOW (Anon...

WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO DO WITH THE STAPH INFECTION IT WAS FOUNG IN A PRESCHOOLER.

I was referring...

the rite aid thing I did read the comment and I did understand it I do have a college education. I just wondered where you are getting this other info about the Dalton's that has not been in the paper yet.

PS I have heard...

but if I am not mistaken I heard the latest "bust" was not in Huron County so it probably would not be in the Norwalk Reflector you would have to go to the Huron County Clerk of Courts site to find that out. I guess it is all heresay unitl their names are printed in the newspaper or on the court site. I get my info that way instead of what people say usually that route of info is not real reliable ie. someone holding a grudge against them or adding to the story to make it better that kind of thing.

water girl (Ano...

I'M not to sure why the daltons are not in the paper yet because I watched him being busted with my own eyes. I was on my way from plymouth to willard and they had him hand cuffed and they were searching his car. Im not to sure where his wife comes in the picture because I did not see her. She may have been in the cruiser but I didn't see her. It was right in new haven.

just to let yo...

plymouth police had them pulled over, but they were right outside of New Haven?? Can't figure that one out. He was, Dalton, spread eagle against the car. At the time I came thru there were no other police there. So why did the Plymouth police dept have them stopped all the way in New Haven?? Which is Huron county, as is parts of Plymouth. I can tell one thing is for sure after reading these comment pages over the last several months, he is a very popular man, along with his wife. Seems everyone knows who they are and what they are. So why have they been let go for so long?? Huron county courts needs to enlighten us as to why??

water girl (Ano...

The plymouth police were there because they started chasing him in plymouth and he did not stop untill new haven. When I went by there were 3 cops one plymouth and two stateies the way I know he didn't stop is because my boss was watching them chase him. Also a coworker of mine watched the girl at rite aid being busted. The reason he is not in jail is because he has staph so they put him on house arrest.

re; re to for ...

the article about the women I spoke of earlier was in Saturdays paper, 10-27. "women accused of selling heroin" read it and weep. There was also another they had been watching but no names were mentioned or arrest made "at this time." ??? What is up with that?? They had been watching her on a surveillance camera for the past month. Why would they let her do this for a month from a motel room, actually 2 motel rooms, and not bust them as soon as they witnessed it the first time?? Only in huron county.

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