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Published On: Sat, Dec 8th, 2012

MRSA cluster reported in Hong Kong boarding school

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Centre for Health Protection (CHP) officials are investigating a cluster of Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) among students at a Stanley boarding school, according to a CHP press release Dec. 6.

The small cluster involves three male students who live in two rooms at the boarding school dormitory.

According to health officials, the three cases are described as follows:

The first case affected a 15-year-old with good past health who presented with painful swelling in his right buttock and left thigh since October 14. He was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital on October 21. His right buttock wound swab yielded CA-MRSA. His condition has been stable and he was discharged on October 23.

Another case is a 14-year-old boy with good past health who attended the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of Tuen Mun Hospital on November 19 with pain and swelling in his right knee. The culture of his wound swab showed CA-MRSA and he is currently in stable condition.

The third case is a boy aged 13 with good past health who presented with pain in his left forehead since November 2. He attended the AED of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on November 6 and was diagnosed as having left forehead folliculitis with abscess. His wound swab grew CA-MRSA and he is in a stable condition.

Health officials have advised the school to clean and sanitize the school.

According to PubMedHealth, MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a “staph” germ that does not get better with the first-line antibiotics that usually cure staph infections.

Most cases of MRSA are spread by skin-to-skin contact (touching). Serious staph infections can occur if the organism enters the body, it can spread to bones, joints, the blood, or any organ, such as the lungs, heart, or brain.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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