Sores that look like spider bites on prisoners in Georgia and other states are actually signs of an alarming medical trend: antibiotic-resistant staph infections.
The skin infections, frequently seen in hospitals and nursing homes, have been spotted in recent years among athletes, military recruits and gay men. Increasingly, they’re also showing up among prison inmates, federal health officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Close prison quarters, scant soap supplies and poor laundry facilities contribute to the problem, said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
At least 225 inmates in Georgia have contracted the infections in the last two years, the CDC said. Texas prisons have reported nearly 11,000 cases in the past seven years, and Los Angeles County’s prisons have recorded 1,500 cases since early last year.