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Volume 12, Number 10—October 2006


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dutch Soccer Team

Xander Huijsdens*Comments to Author , Ans M.C. van Lier†, Eric van Kregten‡, Liesbeth Verhoef§, Marga van Santen-Verheuvel*, Emile Spalburg*, and Wim J.B. Wannet*
Author affiliations: *National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands; †De Gemeenschappelijke Gezondheidsdienst Eemland, Amersfoort, the Netherlands; ‡Meander Medical Centre, Amersfoort, the Netherlands; §Saltro, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Characteristics of MRSA infections, soccer players and their contacts, the Netherlands, 2005*

No. Patient Age, y Type of infection Site of infection MRSA carriage in nose MRSA carriage in GI tract Recurring infection
1 Player† 34 Abscesses NA NA NT NA
2 Player 30 Boil Leg Yes NT Yes
3 Player 43 NS Arm Yes Yes Yes
4 Player 33 NS Forearm Yes Yes Yes
5 Player 33 Boil Leg No NT No
6 Player 34 Boil Knee No NT No
7 Player 22 Boil Leg Yes NT Yes
8 Roommate of no.4 31 NS Face NA No NA
9 Player 18 NS Buttock Yes Yes No
10 Player 20 NS Heel Yes NT No
11 Roommate of an MRSA-negative player 39 Abscesses Armpit No Yes No
12 Opponent 33 Boil Leg NA NT No

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; GI, gastrointestinal; NA, not available; NT, not tested; NS, not specified.
†This player was the index case-patient and was hospitalized.

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