Impetigo- Florida Sores, Streptococcal Pyoderma
Staphyloccal and streptococcal organisms (bacteria)
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
A highly contagious superficial bacterial skin infection that spreads most easily among young children. Begins with a small red spot that turns into a blister. The blister oozes a thick yellowish fluid and a thick yellow-brown crust forms. The crusty areas may burn and/or itch. Commonly found on the hands and face, but sometimes widely scattered over the body.
MODE OF TRANSMISSION:
Extremely contagious and may be transmitted to other areas on the person’s body by his/her own contaminated hands, particularly when there are open scratches. Easily transmitted by direct contact with infected persons, contaminated articles, or dirt that contains animal wastes.
Emphasis on good, personal hygiene especially handwashing.
PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY:
As long as purulent lesions continue to drain.
IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:
Exclude from school. A note from the doctor stating treatment has occurred is required upon return. Even though the individual is under treatment, all sores must be covered until they have dried up.