PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Officials with Phoenix Union High School District announced Wednesday that Friday's game between Alhambra and North High School's varsity teams has been cancelled, as several Alhambra athletes have reportedly contracted a bacterial skin infection known as Impetigo.
According to reports, at least 15 players have been diagnosed, and are currently being treated. The first reported case came in on Thursday. Alhambra High School's Athletic Director, David Munoz, said a trainer noticed rashes on some of the players.
The rash is described by school officials as "highly contagious". The rash reportedly started appearing last week, and those affected were instructed to see a health care provider. The rash were reportedly located on the elbows and forearms of the players.
In addition, school officials said Alhambra High School's custodial crews, along with the District's facilities services, have been disinfecting and sanitizing the school's locker room, weight room, classrooms, and common areas that may have been exposed to the bacteria.
The game, according to the statement., has been rescheduled for Friday, October 13, when both teams, under the original schedule, had byes in their schedule. The new date also falls on each school's Fall Break.
Impetigo information - WebMD