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Two Milford football players have MRSA

Union Leader Correspondent

October 18. 2013 9:18PM

MILFORD — Two high school football players have been diagnosed with MRSA, a form of staph infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics.

According to a fact sheet sent to parents of students at Milford High School, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterial infection that most commonly causes skin infections. The bacteria can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, shared use of items including towels, razors and sports equipment, or from coming in contact with other surfaces contaminated with MRSA, the fact sheet said.

“We have been in communication with the Department of Health and Human services and follow all of their procedures and guidelines,” said Craven. “We hired a cleaning company to fully sanitize all athletic facilities. This was done last night.”

Craven said both boys have been treated and were cleared to resume their normal activities.

Treatment for MRSA can include a taking a prescribed antibiotic and draining the infection. However, if all of the medication is not taken, the infection can become stronger and more resistant to antibiotics, according to the fact sheet.

Parents were notified of the issue through emails, Craven said, and other teams that have played against Milford High School have been notified of the MRSA diagnoses.

“Coaches are also working with students and parents on the correct procedures for the cleaning and sanitizing of uniforms and equipment,” said Craven.

To avoid the spread of the bacteria through sports equipment, the fact sheet advises that uniforms and towels be washed in the hottest water possible, and that pads and other gear be cleaned after every use.

Practices such as washing hands, bandaging cuts and scrapes, not sharing personal items like towels and razors, are also important steps to stopping the spread of MRSA.

The two students diagnosed with MRSA have been successfully treated and have been cleared to return to school, but the source of their infections hasn’t been determined, Craven said.

“The exact particulars of each case in terms of the origin of infection is unknown,” he said.

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