Student athletes at one Ft. Bend ISD high school contract staph infections

Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Athletes at Bush HS contract staph infections.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Fort Bend ISD says three student athletes have tested positive for staph infections.

The three students are currently on the Bush High School basketball team. Two were diagnosed in the last few days and another case was confirmed Wednesday night, according to a district spokesperson.

"Basketball is a very physical sport. ... It's really easy for it to spread and become really bad!" said the mother of one player who tested positive. She asked us not to identify her.

An FBISD spokesperson says the three basketball players confirmed with staph are among five cases reported to the district this season. That's concerning for parents of others on the team who haven't contracted it.

"I'm a concerned parent. It's not just about my child, it's about all the children," said concerned mother Shabrina Mckee.

She wonders if the problem was exacerbated by a lack of hot water available in the field house at Bush High. She wonders how uniforms could be cleaned properly and hands washed thoroughly if there was not hot water. She claims it's been out for months.

FBISD insists it has fixed the hot water issue. A spokesperson says facilities have been disinfected with a hospital-grade disinfectant and parents will receive a message to inform them of the situation.

The three students on the team have been cleared by doctors to play. They have been instructed in necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of spreading the infection. The team tips off against Kempner High tonight at 6pm.

You can find the letter sent to parents here: