NEW YORK (AP) – A Brooklyn middle school student has died after becoming infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection.

The New York City Health Department says the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, or MRSA, is the likely cause of the ddeath.

The department says there’s “no reason to believe that other children or school employees are at increased risk of Staph infection.” The agency says fatal cases of MRSA among children are rare.

Such infections gained attention following the death this month of a Virginia high school senior who was diagnosed with it. The city Health Department has proposed mandatory reporting of the illness so it can track the number of cases.

At least six students on Long Island have recently been diagnosed with M-R-S-A.

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