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Babylon High School Student Diagnosed With MRSA

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BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A health alert has been issued to some parents and students on Long Island.

A student athlete at Babylon High School is being treated at home with antibiotics after being diagnosed with MRSA, Superintendent Richard Rozakis said in a letter to parents.

The student  is said to be doing well.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reports


It is unclear where the staph infection was contracted.

Locker rooms, gyms and rest rooms have been thoroughly cleaned to prevent the spread of infection, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and is spread through skin-to-skin contact, said Suffolk Department of Health spokesperson Grace Kelly-McGovern.

“Parents should not be concerned, they should just be vigilant and have their children practice good hygiene — take baths and showers, wash their hands often,” McGovern said.

Students have been advised to take home and wash all uniforms and athletic clothing.