Staph Infections Reported At Virginia High Schools

October 18, 2007

School officials in Richmond and Southwest Virginia are confirming that there are staph infections among some of the students there.

Chesterfield County school officials say three football players at James River High School have been treated recently for staph infections. They say the school was sanitized two weeks ago.

Officials say the school has taken preventive measures to stop the spread of the potentially dangerous ailment. Giles County officials confirmed Wednesday that two Narrows High School students were diagnosed with the MRSA infection in the past two weeks.

And a Galax High School football player was diagnosed with the infection last week. MRSA starts as a skin infection. It's blamed for the death of a Bedford County High School student on Monday.

There have been five MRSA cases in the county in recent weeks. Bedford County's schools were closed Wednesday for cleaning.

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