Arlington High Closes Athletic Facilities After MRSA Case

ARLINGTON (WBZ-AM) -- Parents and students at Arlington High School are on edge after a case of MRSA at the school.

The school's athletic facilities are closed while they undergo a deep cleaning after a varsity student athlete came down with the infection.

MRSA is a type of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. It can easily be spread from person to person, or from object to person.

"What if other kids come down with it?" one parent told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens. "MRSA's hard to stomp out. Sure, people are going to be scared, or concerned."

Christine Bongiorno, Director of the Arlington Department of Health and Human Services, said the student should be fine.

"A healthy, young individual, it's something that, if caught early enough, is completely treatable," she said.

In a letter to families, the principal said the case appears to be isolated.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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