Westside Staph Outbreak Appears to be Under Control

OCTOBER 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:46 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - The outbreak of staph infection in the Westside School District appears to be under control.

Superintendent James Best told K8 News this afternoon that there is one new confirmed case of staph, in the first grade.  This follows only one new confimed case yesterday, when Best also reported that four other suspected staph cases tested negative for the infection.  Late last week, Westside closed all three of its campuses due to an outbreak that infected at least ten students and hospitalized one.

Since October 5, Westside has had 16 confirmed cases of staph in the district.

Meanwhile, Dr. Best says the National Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has commended district officials on their handling of the situation, and plans to send a research team to Westside to learn how they dealt with the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Westside will host a public forum on the staph situation in the district tonight at 6 p.m.