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Ten Elizabeth City St. students treated for Staph Infection


Ten students at Elizabeth City State University have received treatment for the same staph infection that recently killed a Virginia high school student.

University officials say all ten students were successfully treated for MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

Of the ten, four were football players. All four were cleared to play in Saturday’s homecoming game against Livingstone.

MRSA is a type of infection caused by staph bacteria that is resistant to some common antibiotics, such as penicillin. It’s usually spread through direct contact or by touching objects such as athletic equipment that contain the bacteria.

Currituck County officials said an elementary school student was diagnosed with the infection. Currituck school officials did not decide to close Griggs Elementary School, and said the infection did not originate at the school.

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