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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in a College Football Team: Risk Factors Outside the Locker Room and Playing Field

  • Lennox K. Archibald (a1), Jerne Shapiro (a2), Anthony Pass (a3), Kenneth Rand (a1) and Frederick Southwick (a1)...

We investigated a cluster of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in college football players. Risk factors included a history of recurrent skin infections and contact with the skin lesions of persons outside college. The infections were controlled through treatment of carriers with topical mupirocin, chlorhexidine body washes, and enhancement of personal hygiene practices. Varsity and professional teams need to consider similar preventive measures.

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DTM&H, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Florida, 1600 SW Archer Road, Room R2-124, PO Box 100277, Gainesville, FL 32610-0277, (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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