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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SF Staph Infection Spreads to Parks: Gross!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM

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A new, aggressive staph infection has already affected San Francisco with the Chronicle reporting that the virulent infection has hit everyone from homeless people to schoolkids and “can attack organs throughout the body, forcing doctors to amputate fingers, toes and limbs.” A January New York Times article reports that the artificial turf used in some public parks can be a fertile breeding ground for staph. If you guessed where this is going, you’re right. Photos of San Francisco’s Silver Terrace Playfield showing matter failing to decompose properly on artificial turf have surfaced. Witness all the moldy glory here.

— Andy Wright (photo from sfparks.googlepages.com)

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