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Two Kids Attending Portland Day Camp Diagnosed with MRSA Skin Infection

Two children attending a day camp in Portland have been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant skin infection known as MRSA.

It's unclear where the children contracted the infection, but city of Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin says the camp cleaned its communal spaces for two days out of an abundance of caution. 

"It is, unfortunately, very, very common these days for kids, and anyone, to contract this," she says.

Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine Center for Disease Control, says while MRSA can because serious bloodstream infections, it typically manifests as a skin infection. 

Bennett says the best way to prevent MRSA is to wash hands and avoid sharing personal items such as razors and towels.