By Mike Dougherty and Dan Wing
HOLLAND, Pa. (CBS) – School officials at Council Rock South in Bucks County are trying to stop the spread of a skin infection in the football team.
Officials say that 70 students were checked for possible staph infection, and 20 of them were sent on for a further examination in which some were given antibiotics.
Running back Tyler Anderson has a staph infection on his elbow.
“It’s just a little bit of redness,” he said. “It almost looks like a scar. I put neosporin on it and then put a pad over that and then I’ll tape the whole thing, the whole elbow and then I’ll even wear a sleeve over that just to be 100% safe.”
Anderson adds that the school is telling players to do everything they can to prevent the infection from spreading.
“Take home all of our stuff every single day. Get bleach mixed with some water, soak our pads, rub down our pads with that.”
In a statement, principal Albert Funk says the entire school, from locker room to cafeteria, will be sanitized this weekend and that the football coaches will perform regular skin checks for the remainder of the season.
Anderson and all of the other infected players can’t play until they are cleared by a physician.
The team’s game from Friday night against Pennsbury will now be played on Monday while the players get checked out and treated by doctors.