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Routine staph infections cause scare at Tech

As our dear blog poster “Concerned” brought to my attention (confession: I don’t regularly check the OUSD Web site for news, as it’s rarely posted there), school officials reported this week that two students and a coach at Oakland Technical High School were on antibiotics for routine staph infections.

It wasn’t the drug-resistant strain that has caused national alarm, but it alarmed families anyway. After word got out last Friday about the cases in question, worried exchanges took place on the Oakland Tech parent listserv. The school closed down the gym and locker room area and sanitized it over the weekend.

The principal, Sheilagh Andujar, posted a letter on the district’s Web site to quell the rumors.

Alison McDonald, the administrator who oversees high schools in the area, noted that in a school with 1,800 kids and 150-some staff members, routine illnesses are bound to occur. If the more serious strain occurs in the school, she said, “it’s a whole nother story.”

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.