Superintendent Confirms MRSA Cases At Northside H.S.

WITN News has confirmed that the recent cases of MRSA happened to three students who attend Northside High School in Beaufort County.

That today from Beaufort County School Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moss. This type of staph infection is resistant to some antibiotics.

This apparently not the first time a student at Northside has come down with the staph infection.

Maurissa Steppe says she got the infection in April of 2006. "I think that I got it from Northside because I only go to school and go home that's it," says Steepe.

In all, three of Angela Antrican's children have come down with MRSA. She says she immediately informed Beaufort County's school superintendent, but Dr. Moss says differently.

"I've not, she has not spoken to me, I've returned a call to her and left it on her voicemail, she's called back here and said she doesn't want to speak to me. I haven't seen a letter from her on any of her children," Moss tells WITN News.

As for Antrican, she says these MRSA cases are bigger problems than the schools realize and hopes the superintendent will better address & educate parents about the infection.


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  • by Concerned Parent Location: Pinetown on Sep 26, 2007 at 06:39 PM
    I have been told by different people the amount of kids infected in Northside is over 27. This is outragious!!!. My child now is having some kind of bumps come on him that I will have to take to doctor to see what it is. I pray its not what so many others have. Something that very well could have been prevented by the school. He has told me has several students in his class that has it.
  • by Lea Location: Beaufort Counth on Sep 24, 2007 at 08:58 AM
    To: Edward in Hertford, NC. Who is doing a wonderful job at what??
  • by Edward Location: Hertford, N C on Sep 23, 2007 at 09:27 AM
    I think that you are doing a wonderfull job
  • by Dayna Location: Washington on Sep 22, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    Dr. Moss stated to WNCT/FOX that "we didn't reveal the location of the children to save them from being ridiculed"???? The school system does nothing about our children being ridiculed/picked on at any other point during the school year, so why is he acting like the school system cares now? This is a huge blunder on the part of Beaufort County schools. They should answer to the safely of our children. Not only can *anyone* walk into *any* Beaufort County school without being questioned, now we have these infections invading our schools as well?
  • by jane Location: beaufort county on Sep 22, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    I fill like the parents of northside should not send their childern back to nhs until it is inspected by the state and federal govement were we pay our tax dollars too, to support this school,Mr.Moss need to leave beaufort county,for this is a hugh mistake you have made,you took our children life in your own hands and now the price will be in their lifes for the rest of their lifes,now the parents need too take control where you have fail.
  • by Leigh Location: Washington on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    I think the school board WAS VERY irresponsible in the handling of this situation. What about the football games the school hosts? Who/what is protecting the visiting teams and spectators? I know if someone in my family were to get sick from visiting a game or something at that school, I would have a lawsuit brought up against not only the school system, but the health department and state authorities as well. Shame on the Board for keeping this a secret for so long. And from what I've researched, the school needs to be closed down and cleaned from top to bottom before letting ANYONE return. Maybe WE should contact the CDC and OSHA to get some real answers from them!!!
  • by Debbie Location: Pinetown on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:01 AM
    I am a parent of a daughter that attends Northside High school and I have not been inform of the MRSA outbreaks there, that includes both by phone and letter.
  • by DON Location: RANSOMVILLE, NC on Sep 22, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    TO THE PERSON WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ENSURING HEALTH AT NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL... SIR: YOU NEED TO IMMEDIATELY SHUT DOWN NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL UNTIL THe ENTIRE PLACE HAS BEEN STERILISED, COMPLETELY. IT IS UPON YOU TO ENSURE THAT NOT ONE MORE ATTENDEE OF THAT SCHOOL COMES DOWN WITH MRSA, EVER AGAIN. IF YOU, THE PERSON WITH THAT RESPONSIBILITY, CANNOT ASSURE THE PUBLIC OF THAT, YOU NEED AND SHOULD, RESIGN IMMEDIATELY, AND LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT. MR. MOSS, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, YOU'VE OVERSTAYED YOUR TIME IN BEAUFORT COUNTY.
  • by Walter Location: Washington on Sep 22, 2007 at 04:27 AM
    I believe the mother. You've got to have rocks in your head to think that she would not have contacted school officials. You can tell Moss is lying...just look at his eyes. The camera does not lie. Thanks for letting us see it! What's the school board going to do about this?
  • by JC Location: Beaufort Coounty on Sep 22, 2007 at 04:17 AM
    This is the most absurd mess I've ever heard of. This superintendent is obviously not telling the whole truth...just trying to cover up his blundering, pathetic handling of this situation. It is extremely serious. These students will suffer the rest of their lives, both physically and socially. The school should have been closed while it was cleaned up. Its too late after so many have been exposed. You stop this kind of thing by stopping the exposure. This superintendent must be held accountable for this. He not only should be fired immediately but he should be made to pay for the cost of any infections that came after 48 hours of it being known. That would send a message to other decision-makers that they cannot hide something like this. And the Health Department is just as guilty. They should have ordered the school closed until cleansed, tested a sufficient sample of students and fully informed all at risk. This is just a real sorry example of totally inept management.
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