Eureka MO Staph Infection Outbreak: 6 High School Football Players Infected

07/12/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Eureka, MO—Eureka High School administrators are taking steps to warn individuals of the dangers associated with a recent outbreak of staph infections on the premises. Six football players, who were attending summer workout courses, have been diagnosed with staph infections thus far, according to a KMOV report released Friday July 9, 2010.

None of the Eureka High School football players have the MRSA infection, a type of staph that is especially resistant to antibiotics. Nonetheless, staph remains highly contagious and harmful to those infected with it.

According to the St. Louis County Department of Health, staphylococcus aureus is a common ailment that has the potential to affect anyone. A WebMD report suggested the disease could be exceedingly harsh in individuals with weakened immune systems or diabetes.

The disease is contracted through the exposure to the Staphylococcus bacteria, usually through an open wound. Those with staph infections tend to exhibit symptoms including tenderness, swelling, and redness of the skin. It generally begins as a rash or boil, which can have drainage and is known to be extremely painful.

Eureka High School officials have begun to hang posters urging students to maintain satisfactory hygiene at a time when staph infections are obviously present.

Some ways to avoid staph infections include the following:

• Wash hands frequently

• Wash open sores with soap and water, use antiseptic ointment, and make sure the wound is properly covered

• Avoid sharing towels and other items that have the potential to be contaminated with the staph bacteria

• Keep feet covered, particularly in commonly used areas such as locker rooms

Additionally, individuals are advised to contact their heath care providers if a staph-induced sore becomes red or abnormally painful. Victims should also seek medical attention if red lines appear, which is an indication that the infection is likely spreading.

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