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.