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Thornapple-Kellogg High School deals with impetigo infection
MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An infection outbreak at a Barry County school has parents and students on edge.
The issue involves impetigo, a bacterial infection that cropped up at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville.
The infection is one of the most common skin infections among young people.
It's contagious and usually produces blisters or sores on the face, neck, and hands.
Last week, three JV football players showed up with sores on their skin.
"They went to the doctor and they diagnosed it as impetigo," said Thornapple-Kellogg Athletic Director Dave Chrisinske.
The highly contagious bacteria soon infected 4 more football players.
"It can be spread through touch, it can be spread through contaminated surfaces and quite frequently one person can contaminate multiple people," explained Dr. Matthew Garber, with Pennock Hospital.
Chrisinke says they knew they had to act fast to stop the spread.
"We went to the coaches and said everything has to be out so that we can get into it Tuesday evening, Chrisinske said.
The school brought in extra crews to clean and disinfect all three locker rooms, the weight room and all of the gear the teams use.
"We took all of our helmets and our shoulder pads and used spray on them as much as we could," Chrisinske said.
While Chrisinke says its impossible to know where the bacteria came from, he says the locker room may have been the culprit.
"You go in some of these lockers and there's 4 t-shirts that are soaking wet in the bottom of the locker, getting rusty and all this other kind of stuff that goes on, he said.
Chrisinke also sent a letter home to parents, letting them know about the bacteria, and reminding them proper hygiene can prevent infection.
"Really, every time that they wear something for practice it should go home and they should take a shower after practice right away," he said.
While hygiene is key, doctors say impetigo tends to pop up in schools.
"It tends to be very common when you deal with small groups of people that are in close contacthigh school athletes, Dr. Garber said.
But at least for now, Chrisinke says he believes the bacteria is gone.