MRSA

MRSA Infections Becoming Commonplace Among Texas High School Football Players

Monday, July 28, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: MRSA, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Infection with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is 16 times higher than the national average among Texas high school football players, according to three studies conducted by the Texas Department of Health Services.

MRSA is an antibiotic resistant version of the same bacteria that causes staph infections. If untreated, staph infections can spread to the blood and from there to internal organs, with potentially lethal consequences. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that MRSA kills more people in the United States than any other infection tracked by the CDC, including AIDS.

The disease is often associated with hospitals, but in recent years has become more common in other institutional settings such as prisons, nursing homes and schools. Because the disease can live harmlessly on a person's skin until it enters through an abrasion, it is easily spread through physical contact, making athletes who share locker rooms particularly susceptible.

MRSA infection rates are higher among football players than among other athletes, perhaps because football players are more likely to get minor skin abrasions when they slide in the turf. A totally of 276 football players in the United States contracted the disease between 2003 and 2005, translating to 517 out of every 100,000. This contrasts sharply with the overall national rate of 32 per 100,000.

As the disease has become more widespread, health experts have increasingly come to view it as a major public health threat.

"This is an epidemic,'' said MRSA researcher David Smith. "It's a big problem, and it's likely to get bigger.''

A study co-authored by Smith and published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that hospitalizations in the United States due to MRSA more than doubled between 1999 and 2005.

Athletes and people in institutional settings can reduce their risk of contracting MRSA by washing their hands frequently, washing and covering skin wounds, disinfecting whirlpools between users and not sharing towels or razors.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.