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Health scares hit community

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By The Staff

One case of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has been confirmed at Washington County High School, according to Superintendent of Schools Robert Stafford.

“We have one doctor-confirmed case of MRSA, and we have taken all precautions,” Stafford said. He added that a letter was sent home with students Thursday afternoon, as well as a call being made over the school’s automatic telephone notification system.

Beyond the threat of illnesses like MRSA, other health concerns continue to threaten today’s society.With the threat of contracting the H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, looming with every handshake or buffet spoon, it has become ever more important to use common sense and a good health routine to fight off the potentially deadly virus.

“One of the things we regularly recommend is to wash your hands,” said Rodney Mattingly, Community Health Educator with the Washington County Health Department. “People should do that for 15 seconds instead of a quick splash and dash. Hand-sanitizing gel and the alcohol sanitizing wipes are helpful.”

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