MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Several students at Thornapple-Kellogg High School have contracted a contagious but treatable bacterial skin disease, district officials say.
Last week, three male high school students showed signs of Impetigo, according to Thornapple-Kellogg Athletic Director Dave Christinske. Between seven and eight male students now have it. All are receiving treatment.
The affected students have all used the locker room and are mainly contained to members of the football team. Most are involved at the freshman level.
This bacteria is not uncommon among football players and wrestlers, Christinske said.
The district trainer has been keeping track of which students have been affected. The district has been talking to doctors on how the disease has been spreading.
It often spreads from towels or clothes not being cleaned properly, Christinske said.
The school disinfected the high school locker room, weight room and equipment Tuesday. Students took home their belongings with instructions for parents on proper disinfection of clothes.
A letter was also sent to families with male athletes at the high school informing them of the disease.
Impetigo, also known as Infantigo or Infintigo, manifests as rash or sore, often on the underarms. It lives and thrives in moist, warm areas.
According to a Spectrum Health System nurse, the sores have golden brown crust around them. The sores grow gradually larger as they spread.
The illness is not MRSA and is treatable. Student who show signs of the disease can get antibiotics and skin cream from a doctor.
The Mayo Clinic on Impetigo
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