Ferris State University has been made aware of two confirmed student cases of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection on main campus.
MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes staph infections that range from minor skin infections such as pimple-like red bumps or boils, to serious infections such as pneumonia. MRSA is resistant to several antibiotics. If left untreated, MRSA infections can become severe. More information related to MRSA is available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Two cases were confirmed this week, and are believed to be unrelated. The university has taken aggressive action to ensure medical treatment for the infected individuals, and is monitoring the health and welfare of the diagnosed students. Additionally, Ferris’ Physical Plant staff, in coordination with other offices around campus, are engaged in thorough efforts to disinfect all areas known to have been visited by the infected students to prevent further spread of MRSA.
Students who have concerns or questions about MRSA, or other health-related issues, can contact Birkam Health Center, at (231) 591-2614, or their local physician. Birkam Health Center Director Lindsay Barber will be available by the BHC phone number, over the weekend, to answer basic questions.
The university has also posted Frequently Asked Questions to help inform the public about the MRSA infections on campus.