A health expert explains why the recent MRSA diagnosis at a Hudson Valley high school is something that parents should be concerned about.

When asked on a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned she would be... the Critical Care Pharmacist surprised us by answering '9 or 10.'

We spoke with Amena Murtuza, who is a Critical Care Pharmacist with Health-Quest at Vassar Hospital. Murtuza explains that MRSA can be fatal if not detected and dealt with quickly.

After news spread that a football player at Marlboro High School was diagnosed with MRSA, reaction on our Facebook page was mixed. Some commented that MRSA is mostly hype, and not something to be concerned about. Others were terrified at the thought of this potentially deadly bacteria possibly infecting their own children.

In order to find out the facts, we invited Murtuza to join us on the air and find out how contagious and dangerous MRSA really is. When asked on a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned she would be if her children went to a school where MRSA was found, the Critical Care Pharmacist surprised us by answering "9 or 10". Here's why: