School System Closes After Teen Dies From Staph Infection

October 17, 2007

Bedford shut down all 22 of its public schools Wednesday for cleaning after a teenager died this week from an antibiotic-resistant staph infection.

The move to close the schools comes after students led the school division superintendent through Staunton River High School to point out what they said were unsanitary conditions. The schools will reopen Thursday.

Staunton River student Ashton Bonds died Monday after being
hospitalized for more than a week as a result of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. He was 17.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says MRSA
infections are a major public health problem, more widespread than previously thought. Schools in Bedford and elsewhere across the state and nation have reported such infections in recent weeks.

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