Teammates on the Kickapoo High School football team are sharing a little more than they bargained for.
School officials were forced to sanitize the athletic facilities after a rash of impetigo spread among 15 players. Impetigo is somewhat common, but very contagious skin infection and appears most on the facial area around the nose and mouth.
Impetigo rarely becomes serious, but players carrying the infection weren’t allowed to resume practice until treated. It’s believed that the situation started with one player on Friday, spreading to more on Monday, and finally hitting the 15 player total.
It’s easy for athletes in close contact to catch impetigo. You can get it by touching sores or any other items that have been in contact with it. Doctors encourage athletes to shower right after practice and practice overall good hygiene.