Locker Rooms Are A Breading Ground For Bacteria

Lockers piled high with sweaty uniforms, dirty gear, and wet towels.

The high school locker room is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Football coach Jim Lucot knows about the dangers on, and off, the field.

He was recently diagnosed him with MRSA, A painful staph-infection resistant to most antibiotics.

Until recently, MRSA was rarely identified outside the hospital.

But now, athletes in contact sports are being diagnosed more frequently.

The infection can survive for 24 hours on clothing and hard surfaces.

Some schools are tackling the problem by using special chemicals designed to fight it.

High school athletic director Greg Caprara said, "We're very well versed in dealing with things like ringworm, like the impetigo. MRSA is the new kid on the block. And the next one to come down the pike is an issue called c-diff."

C-diff is a type bacteria that lives in the intestines and causes diarrhea.

It spreads when an infected person does not wash their hands.

Experts say good hygiene and hot soapy water are the best ways to get rid of bacteria.

Also, wash uniforms daily, especially layers that rub against the skin.


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