Last week Cleveland Browns player, Kellen Winslow, revealed that he suffered from his second staph infection. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts also recently contracted a staph infection. The Browns, as well as a number of NFL teams, have been battling these infections with increasing frequency for the last five years. How do professional athletes, who have all the latest technology and a wealth of resources, contract these dangerous infections? That is what is alarming the sports world as more and more staph cases occur. The dangerous form of staph infection, called community-associated MRSA, was born in the late 1990s, and is now widespread in the community. The US Center for Disease Control reports that the deaths of four children from MRSA in North Dakota and Minnesota during the late 1990s "demonstrate the potential severity of community-acquired MRSA infections." A study on the St. Louis Rams published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 found that during the 2003 football season, there were eight MRSA infections among five of the 58 Rams players. MRSA may spread particularly easily among athletes because they have repeated skin-to-skin contact, and come into contact with shared items, equipment and surfaces that have a hard time staying clean. If bacteria enter the body through bruises, cuts and abrasions, then athletes can become infected. To read more about this alarming trend in the NFL, please click here
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