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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/25/2016
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Officials React to Bacterial Infection Outbreak at Texas High School
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers environmental surface testing services to identify microbial pathogens and to confirm disinfection procedures are effective.

Dallas, TX, October 25th, 2016  

Last month, the Mineral Wells Index published several stories about athletes from a local high school who developed contagious skin infections. The culprit, impetigo, is easily spread and is typically caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

According to the articles, the school district responded by issuing a public notice as well as hiring a company to disinfect the athletic department and its equipment. These disinfection procedures are crucial for stopping the spread of this infection since impetigo commonly occurs when bacteria enter the skin through cuts, scraps or insect bites. It is spread through contact with sores or mucus from the nose or throat of an infected person and is very contagious.

When a person becomes infected, lesions will often appear 1-3 days later as red sores or blisters where the bacteria have entered the skin. The condition is fairly common in preschool and school-age children in addition to anywhere there are crowded environments and participation in skin-to-skin contact activities.

“Fortunately, impetigo is usually easily treated with antibiotics, however, if caused by MRSA, treatment options and the potential severity of the infection can change dramatically,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Because so many pathogens can be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces, when an outbreak occurs, it’s vital that surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.”

Environmental testing to pinpoint the source of an outbreak due to surface pathogens or to confirm the effectiveness of disinfection procedures plays an important role in preventing and stopping these types of outbreaks. To help in these efforts, EMSL offers comprehensive environmental surface testing for microorganisms and all of the sampling supplies necessary to submit samples. They have also sponsored an educational video about impetigo that can be seen at:

To learn more about environmental testing for microbial pathogens or other occupational, health and safety services, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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