Mountain Home Schools Fighting Staph Infection

April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:50 p.m. CST

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) _ At Mountain Home schools, carpet has

been pulled up and hand sanitizers installed in a campaign to stop

the spread of the staphylococcus bacteria.

At least 12 athletes and one coach got staph infections around

spring break and school officials say the source seemed to be the

weight room at Mountain Home High School.

School officials began immediately working to control the spread

of the bacteria.

Carpet was pulled up and rubber flooring put in; practice

uniforms were laundered daily, and hand sanitizers installed. The

district also power washed the weights and chemically cleaned the

locker room floors.

Infected students do not have to stay home from school, but

should cover the wound.

Staph on the skin looks like spider bites or boils. An infected

area may be red, warm, swollen and painful to touch. Staph spreads

by bodily contact or touching an object that has been contaminated.

It does not spread by air.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)