This is not medical advice; if you suspect you have an infected spider bite, seek medical advice from a professional.
Individual cases of the powerful drug-resistant form of staph infection known as MRSA were confirmed Monday in a Pinckney elementary school and Tuesday at Howell High School at the Parker Campus.
Pinckney Community Schools Superintendent Dan Danosky said Farley Elementary School principal Lynda Henderson was alerted to a girl with a suspected "infected spider bite," one of the indications of MRSA - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The Livingston County Department of Public Health was contacted immediately, he said.
This site gets enough queries for "michigan spiders" that my eyes perk up whenever I see that. Some more googling around got page 1 hits for MRSA and turmeric, but I didn't want to quote any of them until I found some research. What I did get was this:
0546 Curcumin and Bisdimethyl Curcumin Isolated from Curcuma longa Inhibit the Growth of Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria
Y.C. KIM1, Y.-O. YOU2, S.L. JEONG2, H.H. YU2, S.H. HAN2, and K.-J. KIM2, 1 Wonkwang Univ, Iksan City, South Korea, 2 School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Iksan, South Korea
Objective: Antibiotic resistance is the one of important problem in dental and medical fields. Therefore, new agents are needed to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from acute oral infection.. In the present study, we investigated the antimicrobial activity of Curcuma longa (C. longa) and the antibacterial components, curcumin and bisdemethyl curcumin, from C. longa has been isolated and identified by MS, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR.
Update: since the last time I edited this, a short book (more of an FAQ than anything else) has been published on MRSA; see Hernan Chang's MRSA and Staphylococcal Infections as a readable mainstream medical review. (Summary of preventative recommendations in three words: wash your hands.)