3 Comstock students affected by MRSA

Cleanup is the first order of business for custodians at Comstock Park High School. Full Story
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Anonymous

United States

#1 Sep 13, 2008
Comstock is not the same as Comstock Park. Please fix the headline! It's very misleading.
Dr B

Keego Harbor, MI

#2 Sep 13, 2008
MRSA is everywhere. 80% of infections I see are MRSA. It's usually treated wtih Vancomycin, Zyvox, or most commonly Bactrim. Washing your hands is most important thing you can do. Having custodians sterilize the school will only work if you get rid of the students too. Most of us are already colonized with it on our skin or nostrils. This report spreads fear, not information. Please use the CDC link for good information on MRSA.
Mr Clean

Encino, CA

#3 Sep 13, 2008
It is a good idea to install a hand sanitizer next to the bathroom door. Remind all students to use it up on exit of the bathroom.
mrsa sucks

Syracuse, NY

#4 Sep 13, 2008
This crap is not fun at all. I used to get infections so bad the my whole leg would swell up and I would lose a big chunk of skin from it. The infections were very nasty and painful. It took three years of having this most of the time until I got to the point where it didn't come back and the couldn't find it on me when they took cultures. Fighting the infections off would drain me. I would feel week and tired. I was in very good shape at that point working out between 2-5 hrs a day. I can only imagine how much worse this could be for someone who is old or sick to begin with.
The doctors like to blow this off like it isn't a big deal but I think that was because most of them didn't even know what mrsa was let alone how to treat it. The easiest route was to just treat it with more antibiotics that didn't seem to have any effect and send you on your way. I am sure that attitude towards it is a big part of why we are seeing this more now. Lots of germs are becoming antibiotic resistant because these doctors pass out antibiotics like candy to try and fix things like this rather than taking the time to look into it a little deeper. I wonder how many patients need to get shuffled through an office each day to make the payment on that bmw 7 series.
This might not be a cause for panic but this does need to get out in the open so more people can get educated about this and how it works. More people die of this each year in the US than people die of aids. Everyone knows how aids works and how not to get it. Most people haven't even heard of this including some doctors. Until that changes you will seem more breakouts in schools, hospitals and prisons.
Misty

Liverpool, NY

#5 Sep 13, 2008
Mr Clean wrote:
It is a good idea to install a hand sanitizer next to the bathroom door. Remind all students to use it up on exit of the bathroom.
My son goes to North Muskegon School and they have hand sanitizers throughout the halls of the school...I was impressed when I walked down the halls for the first time. It's great cause my son likes to play with stuff like that so not only is he having fun doing it but he's keeping germs away. LOL!
seeing blue

Ionia, MI

#6 Sep 13, 2008
I developed MRSA the last day of school while teaching 5th grade back in 2005. It took 2 weeks for the doctors to determine what it was. They initially diagnosed me with follicusitus. I had very large sores in my underarm area and one large one on my nose. These sores are extremely painful, red, & look as if they are filled with pus. It took about 5-6 weeks for it to clear up, however they left permenant scars on my skin. NOT fun having this, mentally and physically. Wash, wash, wash your hands!!! Limit touching your face with your hands unless you know they are clean. Germs are everywhere. We cannot live in fear, but we can be educated and take preventative measures.

I think Mr. Clean has a TERRIFIC idea!! Put the hand sanitizer dispensers by bathroom doors, hallways, or in lunchrooms!! Every little bit helps..
informed

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Sep 13, 2008
I know how to protect, prevent and eradicate MRSA. If you want to know too, you will need to learn a few things.

Since: Aug 07

Greater Grand Rapids

#8 Sep 13, 2008
Mr Clean wrote:
It is a good idea to install a hand sanitizer next to the bathroom door. Remind all students to use it up on exit of the bathroom.
Ummm, why don't they wash their hands after using the restroom? I think most restrooms have something called SINKS in them.

Flush the toilet, turn on the water (in the SINK), suds the top and bottoms of your hands (you could even sing the ABC song if that helps), leave the water running, use PAPER TOWEL to dry your hands, use the same paper towel to turn off the water and when exiting the bathroom use your shoulder to push open the door.......

It's really not that difficult.

Or, we could put hand sanitizers filled with chemicals all over the school and expose our kids yet to more chemicals. After all they aren't exposed to enough as it is.
Misty

Liverpool, NY

#10 Sep 13, 2008
welcome to GR wrote:
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Ummm, why don't they wash their hands after using the restroom? I think most restrooms have something called SINKS in them.
Flush the toilet, turn on the water (in the SINK), suds the top and bottoms of your hands (you could even sing the ABC song if that helps), leave the water running, use PAPER TOWEL to dry your hands, use the same paper towel to turn off the water and when exiting the bathroom use your shoulder to push open the door.......
It's really not that difficult.
Or, we could put hand sanitizers filled with chemicals all over the school and expose our kids yet to more chemicals. After all they aren't exposed to enough as it is.
Yeah cause hand sanitizer is an extremely dangerous chemical. Your so smart!!! When it comes to elementary kids (my son is special needs and can't remember how to do work he had the day before) they're not going to remember how to nor care how they turn off the faucet or open the door. When they use a pencil that another kid used, then what smart one? I think I'd rather fill my kids brain with knowing how to react when a stranger tries to pick them up rather than an outline on how to keep the germs away using the bathroom sink!!!
heather

Greenville, MI

#11 Sep 13, 2008
wash your hands more often but you can get mrsa any where . i was told that by the hospital
meh

Holland, MI

#12 Sep 13, 2008
Misty wrote:
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Yeah cause hand sanitizer is an extremely dangerous chemical. Your so smart!!! When it comes to elementary kids (my son is special needs and can't remember how to do work he had the day before) they're not going to remember how to nor care how they turn off the faucet or open the door. When they use a pencil that another kid used, then what smart one? I think I'd rather fill my kids brain with knowing how to react when a stranger tries to pick them up rather than an outline on how to keep the germs away using the bathroom sink!!!
I'm not making fun here, because making fun of special needs children is horrible. But how hard is it to teach a child how to wash their hands? Is it harder to teach than pushing a button and rubbing your hands together? The human brain is a fascinating thing that can hold way more information than we can imagine.
Reasonable

Muskegon, MI

#13 Sep 13, 2008
Misty wrote:
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Yeah cause hand sanitizer is an extremely dangerous chemical. Your so smart!!! When it comes to elementary kids (my son is special needs and can't remember how to do work he had the day before) they're not going to remember how to nor care how they turn off the faucet or open the door. When they use a pencil that another kid used, then what smart one? I think I'd rather fill my kids brain with knowing how to react when a stranger tries to pick them up rather than an outline on how to keep the germs away using the bathroom sink!!!
Actually studies are showing that overuse of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers is causing an increase in antibiotic-resistant infections in our society. So the idea of thorough washing of hands with soap and water and so on is a very good suggestion coming from that standpoint.
Reasonable

Muskegon, MI

#14 Sep 13, 2008
I meant to say PLAIN soap and water (as opposed to antibacterial).
Paul

AOL

#15 Sep 13, 2008
I believe salt kis MRSA when they sho up on your skin. If you have skin problems try salt directly or soak in salt water.
Paul

AOL

#16 Sep 13, 2008
I believe Salt kills MRSA. If you have skin problems try salt directly or soak in salt water.
screw big pahrma

Muskegon, MI

#17 Sep 13, 2008
GUess what, modern medicine suckers..er.. believers?

HONEY KILLS MRSA.
screw big pahrma

Muskegon, MI

#18 Sep 13, 2008
Paul wrote:
I believe salt kis MRSA when they sho up on your skin. If you have skin problems try salt directly or soak in salt water.
Salt? SALT????

You mean the bleached, baztardized crap the US FDA gives you to suck on in every sickly, cancerous additive, partially hyrdrogenated stocked supermarket in the land? HAHAHA

You people DO have a crapload to learn.
Pauline

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Sep 13, 2008
I agree with Reasonable. I, too, have heard and read that these hand sanitizers are causing more and more bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics because they don't kill them all. The ones that live can become "supergerms". I also remember reading that the alcohol content of those sanitizers is very high, and when smaller kids get ahold of them it can be dangerous ~ especially when some of those kids still suck their thumbs or put their fingers in their mouths to clean off food instead of using napkins. I know, I know...teach them how to use a napkin. But what happens when you are not there with them 24/7 and it happens? What then? My son likes to play with the hand santiziers they have at some of the play areas at the mall, but I try to keep him away or have minimal contact. Personnally, I think that we do need to be exposed to some germs in order to build our immunity system.
Lynda from wyoming

Encino, CA

#20 Sep 13, 2008
My daughter just was treated for this and basically you just need to make sure that you use good hand washing and cover a sore if it is leaking. Did you know that boils & impetigo are also a form of a staph infection?! Most everyone has staph on their bodies and all it takes is an open cut for it to get into you and cause this infection. Also most staph that you get isn't so much the dangerous ones, although yes if not treated it could be. The more dangerous staph is contacted from the hospitals. Atleast this is what I have learned from my doctor and from alot off the computer. Basically wash your hands and use the gold dial bar to wash you body everyday, and make sure you keep your cuts clean!
CP resident

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Sep 13, 2008
That's funny I don't recall getting a letter, in fact my wife called the school last week and they confirmed one student and denied others were alos infected. The school has handled this very, very poorly.
Many, many students were in or around the potentially infected area of the school with out being notified!

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