Department of Education denies golden staph outbreak rumours

RUMOURS of an outbreak of golden staph at a Maryborough primary school have been denied by the Department of Education and Training.

A spokesman for the department said one child at Maryborough West State School did have the infection, but the student was being kept at home and there was no risk to other students at the school.

The spokesman said the child developed the potentially serious infection after being diagnosed with impetigo, more commonly known as school sores.

When the first condition was noticed, the student was sent home from school for treatment. But the treatment didn't work and the student had developed a case of golden staph, the spokesman said.

"The student won't be returning to school until the condition is cured," the spokesman said.

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service was aware the child had golden staph and the infection was being treated with antibiotics.

While school sores was a relatively common condition, the school had taken precautions in ensuring no other student was unnecessarily exposed to the skin infection and the child's classroom had been cleaned and disinfected, the spokesman said.

Rumours of an outbreak of the infection circulated via social media this week, with concerned parents worried their children might be at risk of contracting golden staph.

But the spokesman said the children at the school were safe from infection and there was nothing for parents to worry about.


Signs of impetigo

Look out for red sores that pop easily and leave a yellow crust

Fluid-filled blisters.

Itchy rash

Skin lesions

swollen lymph nodes

Information about golden staph

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium that lives on the skin and in some people's noses

Golden staph can cause a range of mild to severe infections.