What Is MRSA? And How Can Athletes Avoid It?
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10/01/2010 - By Linda E. Stanton, ATC
(Excerpt from article)
"What is MRSA?
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is an advanced
strain of a “staph” infection that is resistant to antibiotics such as
methicilin, penicillin, amoxicillin and oxacillin. Some people refer to
it as a “Super Bug.”
There are two types of MRSA:
1. HA-MRSA, which is hospital associated, usually affects individuals with a compromised immune system.
2. CA-MRSA is community associated and can affect healthy individuals.
Athletes, coaches and athletic trainers can become infected and,
therefore, prevention should be a key focus."