Officials with Butler County Community College (BC3) in Pennsylvania closed the campus starting yesterday due to the confirmation of a isolated case of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in the Field House on BC3’s Main Campus.
The Main Campus will be closed through Wednesday.
BC3 has contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and are moving forward with recommended measures to thoroughly disinfect and stop the potential spread of this skin infection.
The CDC says MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin.
MRSA in the community is widespread and therefore, anyone is at risk. Most people who get MRSA in the community get infections of the skin. Factors that have been associated with the spread of MRSA skin infections include: close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions, and poor hygiene. People may be more at risk in locations where these factors are common, including: athletic facilities, dormitories, military barracks, correctional facilities, and daycare centers.