Drug-resistant staph infects 5 at school in Anne Arundel
Three students and two staff members at an Anne Arundel County high school have contracted a drug-resistant bacterial skin infection since classes began last month, district officials said this week.
All of the five who developed staphylococcus, or staph, are athletes or work in the physical education and athletic departments at Severna Park High School, schools spokesman Bob Mosier said yesterday.
Staph typically spreads through skin-to-skin contact, open cuts or scrapes, or contact with surfaces contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms include red, swollen, warm skin that could be mistaken for a spider bite, or an absess "that looks like an enormous pimple" that would have to be drained, said Dr. Joel Klein, an emergency room doctor at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
This kind of staph is more difficult to treat because it has figured out how to ignore many kinds of antibiotics, he said. Pill antibiotics often are not strong enough, so the medicine would have to be administered through an IV.
In a letter sent home to the nearly 1,900 students Tuesday, Principal Jason Dykstra said the locker rooms and field house, which are regularly cleaned, were disinfected this week.
He also asked students to frequently wash their hands and clean their personal equipment after games and practices.
Addiction-recovery walk is tomorrow
Baltimore will host a 2-mile addiction-recovery walk from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which is held each September.
The walk, which is open to everyone, will begin at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 3459 Park Heights Ave., and will end with a rally at Pimlico Race Course. The rally will offer live entertainment, children's activities and free food. Information on addiction recovery will be available.
City officials hope that the walk will become an annual event that will garner support for addiction treatment and encourage residents to take the first step to recovery. Information: 410-664-4300 or www.projectgarrison.org.
Fest to celebrate Crimea Estate
A festival celebrating the history of the Crimea Estate in Baltimore's Leakin Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday The event will include lectures on the history of the estate, which was built nearly 150 years ago by industrialist Thomas Winans and purchased by the city in the 1940s. Environmental talks, food, entertainment and miniature steam train rides are planned.
The celebration is co-sponsored by Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Friends of Orianda House, Chesapeake Outward Bound and the city Department of Recreation and Parks.