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Skin infections on rise in athletes

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The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has been working with local schools regarding a few cases of skin infections among athletes. 

In the beginning of this year, there were some positive cases of herpes gladiatorum among athletes.

Herpes gladiatorum is a skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1.

It is spread by direct skin to skin contact.

Lesions or sores appear within 8 days after exposure to an infected person but in some cases it may take longer to appear.

All athletes with skin sores or lesions should be referred to a physician or primary care provider for evaluation and possible treatment.

These athletes should not participate in practice or competition until their lesions have healed.

Wrestling and football are the sports with the most number of outbreaks for skin infections.

More information about skin infections in athletes can be found at dide.wv.gov and health.state.mn.us.