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Raleigh dance company reopens after MRSA infection

Posted February 27, 2010 5:35 p.m. EST

— A Raleigh dance company that temporarily shut down this week because of a case of MRSA, or methycillin-resistant staphylococcus aurea, reopened Saturday. MRSA is a strain of bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. It can cause serious and costly infections in the blood stream.

Michelle Haswell, owner of Elite Cheer and Dance, 3511 Maitland Drive, said a boy, whose name was not released, tested positive Wednesday for MRSA in his knee. Since the bacteria can spread rapidly, the facility was immediately shut down.

The athlete was recovering, and no other cases of MRSA had been reported at the facility, Haswell said.

The dance company cleaned and disinfected the gym before reopening Saturday.