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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 4

Comparison of selected potential risk factors and characteristics of case-players and carriers, versus controls

Carriers (%), N = 5‡ Controls (%), N = 32
Had locker adjacent/across from teammate with skin infection 4 (80) 2 (6) 60.0 
(3.05–3042) 0.001
Shared towels with teammates 3 (60) 1 (3) 46.5 
(2.02–2511) 0.005
Lived in dormitory, fraternity, or on-campus housing 5 (100) 8 (25) Undef 
(2.12–undef) 0.003
Shared bars of soap with teammates 2 (40) 2 (6) 10.0 
(0.49–170) 0.08
Had recent “insect bites” 3 (60) 6 (19) 6.5 (0.57–88) 0.08
Slept in locker/training room 5 (100) 19 (59) Undef 
(0.52–undef) 0.10
Shared whirlpool tubs with teammates 4 (80) 15 (47) 4.5 (0.38–236) 0.19

*Not including 1 case-player who was unavailable for interview.
†Fisher exact test. Values in boldface are significant (p < 0.05). OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; Undef, undefined or incalculable value.
‡Not including 3 carriers; 1 was unavailable for interview, and 2 had non–strain A genotypes.

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