ATLANTA — Two other schools across Georgia have reported finding students with antibiotic-resistant staph infections.
Faculty and students at Augusta State University were alerted after a student there was diagnosed. And state health officials say a Dougherty County Schools student had staph infection.
At Augusta State, e-mails were sent out Thursday telling of the infection and how the university is responding and advising students to exercise proper hygiene. Classrooms are also being cleaned as a precaution.
Officials in Dougherty County say the infection there was dealt with before it became contagious.
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Staph infections, including the serious MRSA strain, have spread through schools nationwide in recent weeks, according to health and education officials.
MRSA is a strain of staph bacteria that does not respond to penicillin and related antibiotics but can be treated with other drugs. The infection can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or sharing an item used by an infected person, particularly one with an open wound.