SANDY SPRING, Md., Oct. 18 ‚ÄĒ When the football players here at Sherwood High School were not getting the message about washing their uniforms and using only their own jerseys, the school nurse paid a surprise visit to the locker room. She brought along a baseball bat.
‚ÄúDon‚Äôt make me use this,‚ÄĚ the nurse, Jenny Jones, said, pointing out that seven players on the team had already contracted a deadly drug-resistant strain of bacteria this year. ‚ÄúStart washing your hands,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI mean it.‚ÄĚ
School officials around the country have been scrambling this week to scrub locker rooms, reassure parents and impress upon students the importance of good hygiene. The heightened alarm comes in response to a federal report indicating that the bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than AIDS....
I just came from the supermarket where I pushed a cart around gathering my groceries. Now I'm sitting here wondering if some infected person pushed that cart before me. And, yes, I've washed my hands twice since reading this article. My point is obvious, we need more than schools, hospitals, and rest homes getting in on the cleaning act.