By: Cierra Putman
MIDLAND - They used to be problems for hospitals and nursing homes, but now Midland ISD and other school districts are watching out for staph infections.
"Yeah it's constant on our campuses," MISD Health Services Director Tracey Dees, said. "I wouldn't say it's common but we see it frequently."
MISD Health Services Director Tracey Dees says she knows of a few Midland High athletes who contracted staph infections in August, but she hasn't heard of further infections.
"We probably see it more often in athletes just because they congregate in smaller areas," Dees said. "Locker rooms etcetera where they're changing clothes. They have an easier skin to skin contact to other students. So they're probably a little more likely to get it, but anybody that goes to a school could potentially get a staph infection."
That's why the district uses special cleaning materials and educates students about the infection.
Symptoms include: bumps or patches on the skin that are red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch or possibly full of puss. Infected individuals may also have a fever.
People can protect yourself, by keeping scrapes and cuts clean, washing your hands and not sharing personal items like razors or towels. When cases pop up the schools handle them individually.
"What we discovered that's not going to help to close school or make a big brouhaha over nothing," Dees said. "If it's your child, it's a concern, but it's not going to help to have a public announcement that have staph infections in our school."
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