"It's seen in all age groups," said Dr. Edward Walsh, an Infectious Diseases expert at Rochester General Hospital.
"We will see it in children. The pediatricians are very well aware of the problem. We see it in young adults, ones involved in sports, especially contact sports which abrasions occur," said Walsh.
So if you're a parent with a child in close contact sports, here are a few things to pass on to your kids. Keep open wounds clean and covered, don't share towels, razors, water bottles and uniforms. Be aware of the cleanliness of athletic mats and equipment.
Walsh says the Staph bacteria is most commonly a skin infection, which can look like a boil or a large pimple found on the thigh, buttocks or face.
"On occasion these infections can become invasive. They can get into your blood stream, they can infect joints, they can infect bone, they can infect heart valves," said Walsh.
The Head of the Athletic Department at Monroe Community College also adds one sport in particular is very susceptible to the Staph bacteria and that is wrestling. Even though many school districts and colleges routinely clean the wrestling mats, the close contact of the sport allows for the bacteria to spread much easier than other activities.