Staph Infection Information

Here at Dowling College the health and safety of our entire community is of the greatest importance. Recently there has been some concern regarding staph infections in schools. Although there have been no reported cases in our area, Dowling is committed to keeping you informed regarding any potential health and safety concerns.
Concerning Staph Infections:
Please be advised that anyone can get a Staph infection! "Staph" is a type of bacteria.
What does "Staph" look like?
Staph may cause skin infections that look like pimples, boils, or even look like a spider bite. The skin may be red, swollen, painful, it may have pus or drainage. Some types of "Staph" bacteria (known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) are resistant to certain antibiotics, making it harder to treat.
Please prevent Staph infections from spreading by following these precautions:
  • Good Hygiene practice-routinely
  • Practicing good hand-washing-faithfully!
  • Protect open cuts, scrapes, blisters with band-aids.
  • Don't touch open cuts, scrapes, blisters with your hands.
  • Don't share personal hygiene items like razors, toothbrushes, towels or combs.

If you think you have a staph infection, see a doctor, who will run a "culture & sensitivity" test which checks for the type of germ-causing infection. Most staph infections are treatable with antibiotics. Please keep up to date by visiting the CDC website.

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