College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, Study finds

October 10, 2014 10:19 AM

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College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, Study finds

In a press conference yesterday at IDWeek 2014, the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, researchers unveiled their findings that college athletes in contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylocuccus aureus (MRSA) than those in non-contact sports as well as those in the general population.

This study is the first to observe college athletes outside of an actual outbreak of MRSA. What researchers found was that even if they don’t show signs of infection, these athletes are more likely to carry MRSA (called colonization) usually in their noses and throats, which increases their chance f...

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