A Maryland middle-school teacher has died from complications of the drug-resistant form of staph infection.
The principal at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Rockville sent a letter home to parents Dec. 10, notifying them of the teacher's death.
Merry King had been absent from school since Nov. 30, and hospitalized since early last week.
School officials say there's no reason to believe others were put at risk.
"We've been in close contact with the health department and we absolutely believe that there's no reason students should be concerned that they could contract MRSA. There is no indication whatsoever that there is any risk to students here," said Brian Edwards, the Montgomery Co. Schools spokesperson.
Dozens of cases of MRSA have been reported in the Washington, DC region.
But the exact number is unknown because doctors are not required to report it to the state.