Infectious Diseases Pose Risk to Children


Spring flings and summer carnivals will be heating up as the winter releases its hold on the country. Children and young adults will be gathering to have some carefree fun in a variety of environments. But parents should be aware of the risks these children face in these situations.

Bounce houses are common at these types of events, and most parents are aware of the risk of head and neck injury when their children play on these types of equipment. But there is another, practically invisible risk with these apparatuses and others like them.

There have been multiple reports across the country of children being infected with Staphylococcus Aureus after playing on a bounce house. Though so far these infections have not been of the antibiotic-resistant variety, it is inevitable that if these infections become more common the risk of treatment-resistant Staph becomes much more likely.

Bounce houses aren’t the only potential disease vector for kids in the spring and summer months. Other places with a high risk of the spread of infection include:

  • Playgrounds, particularly playground equipment such as slides and swings
  • Summer camps, particularly in the bathroom and shower areas
  • Public pools, particularly in the changing room areas

Any place where bare skin and sweat mingle is a potential disease vector for the spread of these dangerous infections. Being aware of those risks and practicing proper personal hygiene are important elements in minimizing the risk. But even if you do everything right, the risk of infectious disease is always present.

If you or someone you love has contracted MRSA or another dangerous infection due to the negligence of another party, you are well aware of how expensive treatment can be. And even if you are able to afford all the medical care in the world, there is no guarantee the infection can be eradicated. Please contact a qualified attorney who can help you press your case and hold the negligent party accountable.

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