An outbreak of MRSA infections – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or drug-resistant Staph infections – has recently struck the NFL.
MRSA infections are a difficult to treat bacterial infections that often begin as painful skin boils and can be passed by human contact. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made headlines for having three players infected.
The outbreak even threatened Sunday’s Eagles game against the Bucs – happily the game went on and the Birds won 31-20. Fly Eagles fly.
Jefferson infectious disease specialist Phyllis R. Flomenberg, MD, discussed MRSA for an NBC10 Philadelphia news report on the outbreak.
“Most commonly, people get skin sores or boils,” says Dr. Flomenberg. “It can be spread from person to person and it’s not uncommon to see outbreaks in sports groups, daycare centers and gyms.”
MRSA was first identified in hospitals and can be spread via items shared by strangers, such as gym equipment. Cuts and open wounds are major factors in spreading the resistant bacterium.
Dr. Flomenberg emphasized the importance of good hygiene and hand washing to limit the spread the infections.
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