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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 , MD, FRCP, Jerne Shapiro , MPH, Anthony Pass , MEd, Kenneth Rand , MD and Frederick Southwick , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 5 (May 2008), pp. 450-453
DOI: 10.1086/587971
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/587971
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Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection in a College Football Team: Risk Factors Outside the Locker Room and Playing Field
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Abstract

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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