Sumter Students Recovering from Infection

It now seems that two cases of "the super bug" have been identified at Sumter County High School in York. But officials there say they are being handled appropriately.

in September 2007. a letter was sent to parents stating that two cases of a staph infection had been identified at the school. Officials with the Sumter County Health Department confirmed it is what is called "the super bug".

"I think everything is back to normal. The children who had it area getting over it and they haven't had any new cases so far," said Deann Fleming of the
Sumter County Health Department.

Called "the super bug" because it is an infection that is resistant to the antibiotic most often used to treat staph infections, a number of cases of this have surfaced nationwide.

Some of these cases have even resulted in deaths. However, health care officials say the cases at Sumter High were able to be treated without incident.

"I think it's how the individual can respond to antibiotics that may treat it and early intervention," Fleming said.

So far, many of the cases reported for "the super bug" have involved athletes. This was also the case at Sumter High.

Health care officials say that's likely because of the close contact the athletes have during games, and afterward, in sharing things that have perhaps not been properly sanitized, such as training equipment and towels.

Fleming says symptoms of "the super bug", or other staph infections, include a wound that is getting more infected with increased redness and swelling. As for the best way to prevent the spread of it, she says that is frequent hand washing.

Meanwhile, following several weeks of treatment with antibiotics, the students who were once infected at Sumter High should improve and recover.

"If the infection is clearing up, there's no drainage from the wound," said Fleming. "They shouldn't be contagious."


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