"I understand that one parent wanted you to put all the kids on an antibiotic, Bactrim, as a preventative," Stahl remarks.
"Very bad idea. Part of the reason we have this is the inadvertent and inappropriate use of antibiotics. We've given antibiotics for whatever ails you in this country. If you have a cold that's due to a virus, for what antibiotics have not effect whatsoever, people want antibiotics. The bacteria aren't dumb. They mutate; they change their nature enough that they become resistant to these things," Dixon explains.
Worried parents around the country are meeting with local school and health officials, looking for ways to protect their children. And families in Mt. Lebanon wanted to know where the MRSA was coming from.
"What were some of the myths that the parents came to you with?" Stahl asks.
"Perhaps the biggest one is that they thought that the field was contaminated. There were people that wanted the field replaced. There were people who wanted the field somehow sterilized," Dixon explains.
To respond to the parents, Dixon had the field tested twice, taking samples of the AstroTurf near the goal line right after a big game.
Dixon says a few bacteria were found, but no MRSA "whatsoever."
"What you can say from your test is, I'm asking, actually, is that MRSA staph does not live in AstroTurf?" Stahl asks.
"We can say unequivocally that MRSA staph does not live in AstroTurf," Dixon says.
But evidence like that hasn't stopped parents in dozens of school districts from demanding that schools be shut down, classrooms sterilized, and rooms fumigated.
"I'm concerned that we have schools that are spending inordinate amounts of money trying to sterilize the school. As soon as the students and the faculty return, the school is no longer sterile," Dixon explains.
"We know of a school in Virginia where the parents asked that the school be disinfected because they had a case of MRSA," Stahl remarks. "Then every time they had another case, they wanted the school disinfected again. And they keep doing that. You seem to be saying that doesn't do any good."
"Well I think the proof is exactly what's happened in Virginia. If they keep getting cases, and they keep disinfecting the school, it appears there's a disconnect. It doesn't work," Dixon says.
And yet Mt. Lebanon has been disinfecting team locker rooms and the field house once a day. Despite that, MRSA keeps coming back. Dr. Dixon says it isn't spread by touching things, but by touching one another.
"It's the kids themselves. It's not any inanimate thing that they're touching," Dixon says. "It's not the field. It's not the cafeteria. It's people."
"One person touches another person," he says.