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Shelby student hospitalized with staph

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — A Shelby County High School student has been hospitalized with a drug resistant strain of staph infection but is expected to fully recover, officials said.

Cindy Warner, spokeswoman for Shelby County Schools, said the female student has methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

"She has the strain that has been causing a bit of a panic nationwide because it's resistant to certain types of antibiotics," Warner said.

She said the student is responding well to new treatments.

Dr. Jack Hataway said Alabama doesn't track the number of staph cases that occur since the disease is so common and health care workers aren't required to report cases to the health department.

"It's not usually a concern — it's just right now the fact that we're seeing resistant forms in the community," he said Tuesday. "Remember, a lot of people normally carry this organism anyway without being sick. It takes some effort to try to decide how to make it reportable."

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