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Officials: L.I. Child Had Strep, Not MRSA

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MRSA (credit: AP)

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SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — School officials have determined that a Long Island student had strep throat, not a case of the bacterial infection MRSA.

The Countrywood Primary Center in the South Huntington district school said Wednesday that a doctor had initially suspected MRSA “was a distinct possibility,” but tests came back negative.

A day earlier, school officials sent a letter to parents of K-2 students alerting them that a child was being treated for a suspected case of MRSA.

MRSA is a drug-resistant staph infection that can be transmitted through contact sports.

RELATED: Huntington Station Student May Have MRSA

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