Waukesha County



MRSA, or Methicillin Resistance Staphylococcus Aureus, is a strain of “staph” bacteria which causes skin and wound infections and has become resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat the infection. Up to 30% of people are colonized with the bacteria, meaning that it is present on their skin or in their nose but is not causing active infection. However, for some, MRSA does not just “live” on their body, it can get into wounds or cracks in the skin and cause serious infections. In the school setting, MRSA is of particular concern because it is becoming increasingly more common, it is spread easily due to the frequent opportunity for close physical contact between students such as during athletics, it can be difficult to recognize and diagnose since the infection typically presents like other common skin infections and it is resistant to antibiotics. Treatment depends on the severity of the infection and ranges from basic wound care to IV antibiotics. Important measures must be taken to prevent the spread of MRSA in a school setting especially because in addition to spreading via direct physical contact, the bacteria can live on communal surfaces and objects.

MRSA Fact Sheet:

DHS - English Version

DHS - Spanish Version

DHS - Information and Prevention Tips

CDC - Cleaning and Disinfecting Instructions

CDC - MRSA Main Page

CDC - MRSA School Specific Guidance

Other Health Concerns in Schools Home Page


Public Health Services

Contact Us

Dept. of Health and Human Services
Address: 514 Riverview Avenue
Waukesha WI, 53188
Phone: (262) 896-8430
Fax: (262) 970-6670
TollFree: 1-800-540-3620
Email: hhs@waukeshacounty.gov

The Nurse Call Center is available by phone:
Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Fri. (8 AM – 4:30 PM)
Tuesdays (10:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
Walk-in Clinic Nurse Services are available:
Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Fri. (8 AM – 4 PM)
Tuesdays (10:30 AM – 6:30 PM)
WIC Walk-in Benefit Pick up is available:
Mondays (8:15 AM – 4 PM)
Tuesdays (3 – 6:30 PM)
Fridays (8:30 – 11:30 AM)

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.

The Public Health Division will be closed to the public for 2018 holiday observances on the following dates:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY and THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING will be observed Thursday, November 22, 2018, and Friday, November 23, 2018
  • CHRISTMAS EVE and CHRISTMAS DAY will be observed Monday, December 24, 2018, and Tuesday, December 25, 2018
  • NEW YEAR'S EVE and NEW YEAR'S DAY (2018-2019) will be observed Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019