Reports of staph at schools are true, but contained, says Superintendent
If your student came home earlier this week with a rumor that the entire football team had contracted a staph infection, that’s mostly false.
Or at least, an exaggeration.
After several reports began appearing on Facebook about staph infections among the football team, wrestling team, and at one point someone alleged that basically anyone in contact with the football field was at risk.
Most of that, Superintendent Rob Armstrong says, is not true.
“I’m only aware of one student being reported with staph as of (Wednesday) night. That student is being treated.” he said.
In addition to the one case of actual staph, Armstrong confirmed that there are six cases of infantigo (also known as impetigo) being treated. “Five of the cases were in the beginning stages and one more advanced,” he said.
Infantigo is a bacterial skin infection. It can be caused by two different types of bacteria: strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus). These are generally easy to catch and clear up pretty quickly with antibiotics. They are more common in children but do occasionally happen among teenagers and adults.
“Our custodial crews have been cleaning and treating those areas and coaches are cleaning equipment.” Armstrong says. “Doctors are treating with topical treatments and all believe the spread should be contained by the end of the week. We are monitoring the situation daily.”