Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to drugs.
Guard Carl Nicks is being treated for an infected blister on his foot and kicker Lawrence Tynes for an infection stemming from an ingrown toenail.
University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Director of the Center for Staphylococcal Research Dr. Ken Bayles says the staph infection CA-MRSA is a drug resistant infection that is present on the skin or in the nose of healthy people and has been found in schools, locker rooms and other community settings. It can survive on table surfaces so if another person with an open wound touches that area it can spread and thrive.
Dr. Bayles says staph is a big problem in our society and is growing. It causes 1.7 million infection annually in the U*-S and is a leading cause of hospital infections worldwide.
Dr. Bayles says prevention includes good hygiene. If a person has a cut he says make sure it is kept clean and covered. He says hand washing is another good preventative. He says if a person does have a skin infection keep a close eye on it for redness and swelling. He says antibiotic cream does help increase recovery time.