THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) – Parents are fuming after the deadly superbug MRSA was found at a Bronx school, and education officials didn’t notify them.
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, was found at the Lewis and Clark Special Education School on Tuesday. Some strains of the staph infection can lead to boils, blood infections and even “flesh-eating” pneumonia. MRSA is resistant to many forms of antibiotics and most people who are carrying it are totally unaware. The bug spreads easily and quickly from person to person by touching infected surfaces and intimate physical contact.
Parents of students at the school are outraged that they weren’t notified immediately of the discovery of such a lethal bug. The Department of Education told PIX11, “Isolated cases of MRSA do not require public notification, screening, or treatment. MRSA infections are common and not ordinarily spread from person-to-person except through intimate contact.”
Alexander Rutherford whose 11-year-old son Benjamin attends the school is not happy with the official’s response and only found out about the case of MRSA by watching the PIX11 Morning News.
“He’s [his son] is not going to school today. I don’t even know if I’m going to have him go back to this school,” Rutherford said. “I’m going to take him to the doctor to make sure this MRSA or whatever it is…he doesn’t have it.” On the DOE saying that the incident doesn’t require public notification, Rutherford said, “That’s ridiculous. These are our kids were talking about. We have to take action so we can take precaution to make sure they’re safe and healthy.”
The Department of Education said they have cleaned the school and it is safe for students.