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Volume 11, Number 4—April 2005

Research

Recurring Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections in a Football Team

Dao M. Nguyen*†Comments to Author , Laurene Mascola*, and Elizabeth Bancroft*
Author affiliations: *Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California, USA; and; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 1

Characteristics of case-players (N = 11)*

Case-player Age (y) Field position No. y on team Date of diagnosis Presenting sign Site of infection MRSA+ culture MRSA genotype†
1 20 Fullback‡ 2 8/15/03 Boil§ Knee Y A
2 21 Cornerback‡ 2 8/17/03 Boil§ Elbow Y A
3 20 Linebacker 2 8/19/03 Boil§ Elbow Y NA
4 18 Lineman 1 8/20/03 Folliculitis Leg Y NA
5 18 Lineman¶ 1 8/20/03 Folliculitis Knee NC
6 21 Lineman‡ 3 8/22/03 Insect bite§ Foot Y A
7 18 Lineman‡ 1 8/25/03 Boil§ Elbow Y A
8 20 Lineman 3 8/26/03 Boil§ Elbow NC
9 19 Lineman 1 8/27/03 Boil§ Forearm NC
10 20 Tight end 2 8/27/03 Insect bite§ Forearm NC
11 20 Cornerback 2 9/1/03 Boil§ Elbow Y NA

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Y, yes; NA, not available for PFGE analysis; NC, not cultured (clinical diagnosis).
†Genotype A is the community-associated MRSA strain (USA300).
‡Hospitalized.
§Required incision and drainage.
¶MRSA nasal carrier.

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