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Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Apr;11(4):526-32.

Recurring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in a football team.

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Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California 90012, USA. daonguyen@ladhs.org

Abstract

An outbreak of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) occurred in a college football team from August to September 2003. Eleven case-players were identified, and boils were the most common sign. Linemen had the highest attack rate (18%). Among 99 (93% of team) players with cultured specimens, 8 (8%) had positive MRSA nasal cultures. All available case-players' MRSA isolates characterized had the community-associated pulsed-field type USA300. A case-control study found that sharing bars of soap and having preexisting cuts or abrasions were associated with infection. A carrier-control study found that having a locker near a teammate with an SSTI, sharing towels, and living on campus were associated with nasal carriage. Successful outbreak control measures included daily hexachlorophene showers and hygiene education.

PMID:
15829189
PMCID:
PMC3320349
DOI:
10.3201/eid1104.041094
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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