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Date:10/29/2007

NEA, CDC, SDA Urge Proper, Effective In-School Hygiene and Cleaning to Protect Public Health

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many news stories have reported on cases of students being diagnosed with a virulent staph infection known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus -- MRSA for short. Now a diverse group of organizations are elevating nationwide awareness of the steps that communities can take to combat the spread of staph infections.

The National Education Association (NEA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) are speaking out on the importance of proper and effective personal hygiene and surface cleaning practices.

"Clearly, parents are concerned about the increase in serious health conditions being caused by staph infections that have been impacting schools around the nation," said Jerald Newberry, Executive Director, National Education Association Health Information Network. "NEA, through its Health Information Network, is working with parents and school employees to convey the importance of thorough hand cleansing several times a day. In addition, when staph and MRSA skin infections occur, it is important to clean and disinfect surfaces that are likely to contact uncovered or poorly covered infections. These measures can go a long way in preventing the spread of many germs in school settings."

"Covering infections will greatly reduce the risks of surfaces becoming contaminated with staph, including MRSA," said Rachel Gorwitz, medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "But students should remember even if a surface is contaminated and you touch it, you can remove that germ from your hands through simple washing with everyday soap and warm water."

"Very simply put, common sense cleaning, disinfecting and hand hygiene saves people's lives," said Nancy Bock, SDA Vice President of Education. "It is impo
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