Staph infections found at Augusta State, Dougherty County school

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.

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.