Infection Sweeps Through Sapulpa Football Team - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Infection Sweeps Through Sapulpa Football Team

Posted: Updated:
SAPULPA, Oklahoma -

A bacterial infection called impetigo hit Sapulpa's football team, but it doesn't have them on the sidelines.

The infection isn't that serious, but it does require treatment and it's quite contagious.

It could have been spread during last Friday's game because it started showing up Monday morning.
At Sapulpa High School, just about every piece of equipment for football players has been disinfected.

Monday morning, a routine check of the players turned up signs of the common skin infection impetigo.

“A couple of kids had complaints of sores that had come up and once we saw a couple of them we realized it was quite a few of the kids," said Dr. Theron Bliss, the team’s physician. 

He said the infection was found on 7 or 8 players, all between 15-17 years old.

"[With] football players, it's usually direct skin to skin, a lot of it was on the upper extremities, when they go to block or tackle, they get a lot of skin to skin contact," he said. 

To stop the infection from spreading further, the school district said it disinfected all commonly used equipment.

The Doctor believes it most likely spread through direct contact, but the infection appears on students on their arms and shoulders and could be connected to the shoulder pads.

"We did all the helmets, the pads, the training room, the weight room, everything, we've disinfected with antibacterial cleaners," Bliss said. 

The school district said it would continue the most rigorous cleaning as long as any students have symptoms.

The team doctor believes that's stopped the spread of infection, but urges players to carefully wash their hands and use antibacterial soaps in the locker room.

Sapulpa's team was cleared to play Friday night at an away game in Bartlesville.
   
Follow this link for more information about impetigo. 

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.