Meade-Annapolis game moved to next week

Teams take cau­tious ap­proach after health con­cerns with Mus­tangs and resched­ule matchup for Tues­day at 4 p.m.

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

fam­ily physi­cian.

The county’s ath­let­ics pro­to­col says any ath­lete who is sent to a physi­cian needs a note be­fore he can re­turn to prac­tice. mem­bers of our foot­ball team have suf­fered Be­cause of the tim­ing and the fact that what I would de­scribe as nor­mal cuts and some par­ents might not be able to get their scrapes or field burn,” Yore wrote in the chil­dren to a physi­cian right away, the Be­cause of po­ten­tial health con­cerns let­ter. “Such in­stances are not un­com­mon de­ci­sion was made Wed­nes­day morn­ing to in­volv­ing mem­bers of the Meade foot­ball with ath­letes, but some of these in­stances move the game be­cause some play­ers could team, Fri­day’s sched­uled game has been have not healed as quickly as nor­mal.” miss prac­tice time lead­ing up to Fri­day’s moved to next week. Two Meade foot­ball par­ents told coaches game.

The Mus­tangs and Pan­thers, orig­i­nally their chil­dren had tested pos­i­tive for staph “I want to be clear that we are in the sched­uled to open their sea­son Fri­day night in­fec­tions, ac­cord­ing to the let­ter. Yore process of de­ter­min­ing if there is any at Annapolis, will now play Tues­day at made it clear in the let­ter there were no sig­nif­i­cant spread of any ill­ness or in4 p.m. The move is a pre­cau­tion­ary meas­con­firmed pos­i­tive lab-cul­tured cases of fec­tion,” Yore said. “The steps we are ure with the hol­i­day week­end the de­cid­ing any ill­nesses. tak­ing are pre­cau­tion­ary in na­ture and are fac­tor in play­ing the game Tues­day as There was no in­di­ca­tion that MRSA was be­ing done in con­junc­tion with the op­posed to Satur­day. in­volved. De­part­ment of Health to help pre­vent any

Annapolis also has moved its Week 2 Ad­di­tional nurses from the county De­out­break.” game with South­ern to Sept. 10. The part­ment of Health were sent to Meade to Ad­di­tion­ally, Meade is us­ing clean­ers in Meade-Ch­e­sa­peake game will also be ex­am­ine mem­bers of the foot­ball team. ac­cor­dance with rec­om­men­da­tions from moved to a date to be an­nounced. Par­ents of any play­ers who had an open the De­part­ment of Health to thor­oughly

In a let­ter sent home to all Meade wound who were treated by a nurse at the cleanse all ar­eas af­fected by foot­ball team use.stu­dentsTues­day,prin­ci­palJohnYoreschool­w­ere­con­tactedan­dasked­topick out­lined the rea­sons be­hind the change. their chil­dren up at the school and were Yore con­cluded the let­ter by en­cour­ag­ing

“Over the last cou­ple of weeks, sev­eral ad­vised to have their chil­dren seen by a par­ents to ex­am­ine their chil­dren and de­ter­mine whether they have any un­ex­plained rashes or open wounds. The De­part­ment of Health rec­om­mends any open wound be seen by a fam­ily physi­cian.

“We pro­ceeded like it was staph, just be­cause we had the re­ports from the par­ents of pos­i­tive tests,” said Bob Mosier, chief com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for Anne Arun­del County Pub­lic Schools. “We wanted to make sure we were very pre­cau­tion­ary.”

A staph in­fec­tion oc­curs when the staph bac­te­ria en­ters the skin, usu­ally through cuts, scrapes or other breaks in the skin (such as through tat­toos and body pierc­ings). In­fec­tions might be in the form of fol­li­culi­tis (in­fec­tion around hair fol­li­cles), boils, im­petigo or ab­scesses. Skin in­fec­tions can be red, hot, swollen and ten­der, and have pus or other drainage, ac­cord­ing to the Anne Arun­del County De­part­ment of Health’s web­site.

Spread of staph in­fec­tions has oc­curred through skin-to-skin con­tact when play­ing sports, such as foot­ball or wrestling, or from sur­faces in gyms and locker rooms.

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