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MRSA Prevention Begins with Athletes

Coach Laura Moses reminds her athletes to keep cuts and other open wounds covered Coach Laura Moses reminds her athletes to keep cuts and other open wounds covered

Some Amarillo leaders are eyeing athletes as a place to start their fight against staph infection. NewsChannel 10 found out how one local high school is protecting its own.

Coach Laura Moses is reminding her athletes to keep cuts and other open wounds covered.  "They forget about that just a little scratch or something like that they don't really think about the importance of that and so we do have to remind them," says Moses.

School officials say they reviewed their staph prevention protocol after they learned of a Borger Middle School student's MRSA death. "We actually took a look at some things that we may not be doing right so that's why we have checked and made sure that we are taking those procedures and precautions so we don't get into a deal where we're spreading it around," says athletic director Bryan Welps.

He notes the school is now ordering more towels as an added precaution to make sure students don't share them. Welps says athletics facilities are a priority for more monitoring and disinfecting that's also happening on the rest of the campus.

It's a priority Coach Moses takes seriously. While we were there she disinfected and covered wounds on two students.

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