Staph infections across the nation are on the rise and cases are also going up in eastern Kentucky.
Doctors in Harlan County say they are watching the infections closely and some are calling on the community to work together, to find a source.
Dr. Abdul Dahhar says he's never seen this many staph infections in his office.
He says many of his patients are children, so he's calling on the health department and the school systems to take samples of places in every school where kids are likely to pick up the germs.
"We're trying to get cultures from the locker rooms, from the water fountains," Dr. Dahhar said.
Christy Whitaker is a school nurse, and she says so far, they haven't had many problems.
Dahhar says the whole community should be aware and at a local Food City, more and more people are using hand wipes to clean off the carts.
Dahhar says those simple steps can go a long way towards stopping an infection, "If that person who has the condition touches another person, he will getit, that's why handwashing is very essential."
Dahhar hopes that by working together, everyone can wash the problem away, before it gets worse.
The school nurse for Harlan County tells us they have sent some warning letters out to parents, but they don't want everyone to be overly concerned about a major outbreak.