A football player at Roosevelt High School has contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
According to the Department of Education, eight Roosevelt football players reported skin lesions and went to the doctor. Four came back okay, three had skin irritations, and one player tested positive for MRSA.
Since then, we’ve learned the athletic department is taking steps to prevent others from getting MRSA.
“We decided that we are going to disinfect everything just to be on the safe side, so we had the kids clear out the lockers. We disinfected all the pads,” said Roosevelt athletics director John Chung.
The football field was also disinfected and letters were sent home to the parents of the football players. Chung says because it was isolated to the team, other students at the school were not notified.
MRSA is a type of staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. It can also spread very easily, especially if you have an open wound, then touch a person or object that has been infected.
“People have died from staph infections, but if caught early and treated appropriately, and if you do your part to prevent the spread, it usually doesn’t have to be a serious infection if treated early on,” said Dr. Melissa Schmidt with Queen’s Medical Center.
The best way to prevent further infection is to act quickly and disinfect anything that might have come into contact with the bacteria.
“If the appropriate chemicals are used, which are known to disinfect for staph and other bacteria, then yes, it will prevent the spread,” said Schmidt.
School officials say they will keep an eye out for any other students with symptoms and plan to disinfect the locker room on a weekly basis.