State Health Officials Calm On MRSA

State health director Leah Devlin says the latest "superbug" MRSA, doesn't pose any special threat in North Carolina.

Devlin says flu kills twice as many people each year.

MRSA is resistant to many common antibiotics but can be treated with other drugs. The disease has been around for years, mostly in hospitals.

State health officials say it's not very contagious and rarely kills.

Devlin says there is no reason to close schools or cancel athletic events because MRSA has been diagnosed in the school or in a student on the team.

The bacteria can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus.

Devlin says the state is working with schools to ensure that students shower after working out and don't share towels.