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Temecula High School Warns of Recent Staph, Impetigo Student Skin Infections

Ten students have been diagnosed with skin infections since November.

Parents of students at Chaparral High School are being warned of a recent wave of skin infections at the school, according to new reports.

The Riverside Press Enterprise reports that school leaders sent home a letter on Friday, alerting guardians of ten student cases of staph and impetigo bacterial skin infections since November.

“The purpose of this letter is to let you know what actions have been taken,” the letter said, according to the PE.

School officials have since disinfected the campus, including the gym and other areas where infections typically spread.   Students also watched a video detailing the importance of hand-washing, according to the PE.


Did your children bring home this letter?  How did that make you feel?  Tell us in the comments.
jill February 20, 2014 at 12:41 AM
This is really nothing new. Custodial services are cut down to a bare minimum, and the schools are not clean. To complain means someone is blamed, but there is simply not enough manpower. It has been the policy in the past that the gym/weight room equipment is to be cleaned by students as they use it. lol. I really did laugh out loud when I was told that was the policy. Classroom surfaces are cleaned by teachers, if at all. It's horrible.
Artemis Gordon February 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
This happens almost every year. It's MRSA type flesh eating bacteria. Usually from open cuts on the gym mats. Wrestling and football are usually the cause.
southernbelle February 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM
@ Artemis, and the weight room. It is in sweaty, moist areas, and bodily contact like wrestling, or bacteria being left on Mats, Weight benches, equipment, etc. @Chris-just so you know, that link only said ow to avoid--it didn't state that the on;y way to contract is to not bathe. You could wrestle with an infected person, bathe immediately after, but it's too latte because the bacteria has already corrupted that little paper cut you got a few days ago. c'mon--don't be silly, rarely do kids go unbathed in highs school where social interaction is the utmost importance--not bathing in HS would be social suicide!!! Several sites clearly state is a bacteria that thrives in hot, moist environments, highly contagious, and spread by direct contact or the ways I mentioned before. Also, sharing towels, girls swapping clothes, sleeping on same sheets, using same razor, etc.
ChrisG February 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM
@belle, ok, I cede your point. By the way, I only wrestle with my wife.
rubberband February 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM
WAIT...not bathing is "social suicide?" Crap. This explains a lot.

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