Posted on November 16, 2007
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Two Texas panhandle residents died from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, during the last two weeks, the Texas Department of State Health Services has reported. Health officials have not released the names of the two deceased individuals, but one is believed to be 13-year-old Mason Chandler Frost of Borger who died on November 9, 2007. Although the official cause of death is still pending, the seventh grade boy’s doctors believe he succumbed to MRSA.
Mason Chandler Frost was not in school for the two weeks prior to his death at Nortwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. Some parents in the Borger Independent School District are concerned that the schools are not doing enough to assure the safety of students, according to KAMR. The Superintendent announced that the school Frost attended was cleaned on Saturday, but there are no plans to close the school facilities for disinfection.
Mason Chandler Frost is the fifth American youth to die from a community-acquired drug resistant staph infection since early October. The other deaths occurred in Virginia, Mississippi, New York, and New Hampshire.