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Colquitt County school and health officials working to prevent Staph infections

Suzanne Sumner, Colquitt County School Nurse Coordinator Suzanne Sumner, Colquitt County School Nurse Coordinator
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

Health and school officials in Colquitt County are working to ease fears about a dangerous infection. Rumors spread about a MRSA outbreak.

Officials say one football player at Colquitt County High School contracted a staph infection. He's fine now.
School nurses partnered with the County Health Department to check 9th through 12th grade football players.
Schools are also making sure uniforms, weight equipment, and locker rooms are properly sanitized.

"We are working on this,” said Suzanne Sumner, Colquitt County School Nurse Coordinator. “We are aware of this. This is not an outbreak. STAPH lives on everyone's skin. There's a possibility you can contract STAPH anywhere. There's no way to prove that it has actually come from the school system or from an athletic event."    

Nurses will re-check 8th grade students involved in weightlifting and other athletic events on Monday.

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