Northeast Tennessee School Being Washed Down Over Staph Concerns

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Another Carter County school is being scrubbed and treated for staph after several students developed symptoms of infections.

School system schools director Dallas Williams says the number of cases at Hampton Elementary School is too small to call an outbreak. Schools health coordinator Beth Bare says janitors are now using a product specifically to eradicate staph bacteria.

She says most of the skin infections were reported by students involved in sports. Staphylococcus (staf-ih-loh-KOK'-us) bacteria grows rapidly in warm, humid areas like dressing rooms.

Earlier in the school year, two students at Elizabethton High School contracted staph infections.

Special sanitizing equipment was installed in the dressing room and the school bought new athletic equipment that can be bleached to kill staph bacteria.

Do you know how to protect your children from staph? What about how to find out how safe your local hospitals and nursing homes are?

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