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MRSA: A Growing Cause of Skin Infections in US Athletes

MRSA: A Growing Cause of Skin Infections in US Athletes

Wednesday, August 27th 2003

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appears to be a growing cause of skin and soft tissue infections among competitive athletes in the US, according to a report released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Despite this worrisome trend, there are several measures that can be taken to prevent staphylococcal skin infections in sports participants, CDC officials note. Among the most important is ensuring that all wounds are effectively covered.

Although MRSA outbreaks typically occur in healthcare institutions, there is evidence that community outbreaks are becoming more common. In the new study, reported in the August 22nd issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC investigators summarize several outbreaks that took place among athletes in the US between 2000 and 2003.

Most recently, in February 2003, a cluster of MRSA infections was reported among members of a Colorado fencing club and their immediate contacts. A total of three confirmed and two probable cases were identified. The cases involved skin or soft tissue infections and all of the patients recovered with antimicrobial therapy.

The investigation revealed that a fencing wire, a sensing device worn under the clothes, was often shared by team members and not routinely cleaned.

In January 2003, an MRSA outbreak was noted among wrestlers at an Indiana high school. The outbreak involved two wrestlers who apparently had no direct physical contact with each other, but who may have shared items.

In 2000 and 2002, MRSA skin infections were reported among college football players in Pennsylvania and California, respectively. In both outbreaks, skin trauma and sharing of items were cited as possible transmission factors.

"All persons associated with competitive sports teams, including players, coaches, teachers, parents, and administrators, can help prevent sports-related skin infections and should be aware of prevention measures," the CDC states.

In addition to wound coverage, the CDC recommends that sports administrators encourage good hygiene, make sure adequate soap and hot water is available, discourage item sharing, set schedules to ensure regular cleaning of shared equipment, train personnel in the recognition of infected wounds, and encourage athletes to report any skin lesions.

Sourced from Mor Mortal Wkly Rep CDC Surveill Summ 2003;52:793-795.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following are all helpful for infections:

Eutherol - Formula 713
Del Immune V
Echinature
Sambucus Immune System Formula
Viralex
Vir-Defence
Echinacea with Golden Seal Liquid
Ester C 1000mg + Bioflavonoids
Olive Leaf
Superior Olive Leaf
Inner Health Plus
Tea Tree Organic Soap
Tea Tree Body Wash
Tea Tree Oil

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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