Health officials: Hutch day care provider's condition poses risk to children

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Hutchinson day care's license has been suspended because of the provider's medical condition and the risk it poses to children. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the suspension to Cherished Memories, a licensed day care home at 1404 North Monroe. 

On Tuesday, the KDHE received information that the provider had an active case of MRSA and had a long history of "chronic ulcerating weeping wounds on both legs and was recently hospitalized for nearly a month due to this condition."

The KDHE said in a news release that MRSA is a danger to children if transmitted. It's caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections.

The provider had been released back to work by her doctor on the condition she had a helper for at least four hours each day and would stay off her feet most of the day. 

A helper was not present at the day care on Tuesday.

"Licensee's legs are bandaged, but since this is a skin wound, the bacteria can be transmitted by touch," the news release says. "With the children crawling around on the floor and touching her legs, Licensee's primary care physician does not believe it is medically safe for her to run a day care with chronic infections and MRSA at this time."

The provider is required to notify parents and guardians of the children in her care in writing that her license was suspended. 

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