Left: Clinical photograph of the left side of the face and neck of a patient presenting with impetigo caused by an S. aureus infection. Right: Clinical photograph of the left axilla of a patient presenting with the same infection.
Clinical photograph demonstrating the typical presentation of MRSA abscesses on the ventral surface of the abdomen of a member of a recreational gymnasium.
Clinical photograph demonstrating the typical appearance of a MRSA infection on the left side of the abdomen/flank region.
Reports of MRSA SSTIs Among High School Football Players*
• Playing a lineman position carried a fourfold greater likelihood of infection than playing other positions
• 4 cases of MSSA infection were reported in 4 football players, 1 of whom was hospitalized
• All 4 players reported wearing a game or practice uniform as many as 11 times without laundering the uniform between uses during the season
• 3 cases involved abscesses that required incision and drainage
• The team had attended a preseason football training camp, where all 59 players on the team lived together in the school gymnasium
• The risk for MRSA infection was 8 times higher among those who reported sharing towels during the training camp than among those who did not
• The 6 players with MRSA infections had a mean BMI that was significantly higher than that for those who were not infected
↵* NR = not reported.
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