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Staphylococcus aureus outbreak tackling football team

October 11, 2010
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MOUNTAIN HOME, AR — Mountain Home High School is currently battling Staphylococcus aureus, as at least seven cases have been confirmed among student athletes, according to the Baxter Bulletin.
Of those confirmed cases, roughly half were infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the story stated.
According to Dr. Terry Yamauchi, a pediatrician at Arkansas Children''s Hospital, the bacteria thrives in warm moist places such as locker rooms and weight rooms and can be transmitted through direct contact or through touching an object, such as a weight bench after an infected person has used it.
As the number of infected students, nearly all of whom are football players, began to increase, the students were instructed to bring their laundry home each evening to be washed; the solution proved fruitless, the story noted.
To nip the outbreak in the bud, the school has decided to take more decisive measures, including: Placing new wall-mounted soap dispensers throughout the athletic complex; strategically placing containers of antibacterial towels in key locations near workout equipment; frequently disinfecting athletic equipment such as pads and helmets; and instructing student athletes to remove their belongings from the locker room so a complete disinfecting of the area could be performed, the story added.
Heather Guthrie, the athletic trainer at Mountain Home High School, said: "We''re keeping the infection down through education, the single biggest thing we do is educating kids and their parents. It''s not anything new, but we can help prevent the spread of it, and that''s where we''re always looking for ways to improve."
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