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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 2

Position-specific attack rates of clinical and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infections among players on a college football team

Position (Figure 2) No. case-players (%), 
N = 11 No. controls (%), 
N = 32 Total no. on team (%), 
N = 107 Position-specific 
attack rate (%)*
Lineman (L) 6 (55) 11 (34) 33 (31) 18
Tight end (TE) 1 (9) 3 (9) 6 (6) 17
Cornerback (CB), Safety (S) 2 (18) 4 (13) 21 (19) 10
Linebacker (LB) 1 (9) 4 (13) 12 (11) 8
Fullback (FB)/Tailback (TB) 1 (9) 3 (9) 12 (11) 8
Wide receiver (WR) 0 4 (13) 12 (11)
Quarterback (QB) 0 2 (6) 6 (6)
Special team 0 1 (3) 5 (5)

*Attack rate = no. case-players/total no. on team, per position. The overall attack rate = 10%.

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