Hundreds call state hotline over 'super bug' scare

Calls from scared parents are flooding a hotline set up by the governor?s office as well as tying up phone lines at medical offices with concern over the ?super bug.?

Representatives from the governor?s office say hundreds of residents have already responded to a hotline set up Monday to help combat the staph infection problem.

Cases of the antibiotic-resistant staph have been reported in at least nine Connecticut school districts. Alarmed parents are not taking any chances and are calling medical offices with questions and concern, according to local doctors.

Doctors advise keeping hands clean and away from the face as many infections are spread through skin-to-skin contact. Medical experts also suggest any open cuts and scrapes be washed out and treated with antibiotic cream to prevent bacteria from having a place to grow.

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