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October 23, 2007
I THANK the Daily News for finally acknowledging that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a deadly serious public health problem ("Fighting the 'Super Bug,' " Oct. 22). The bug outwits all but the most powerful drugs. Although MRSA was first associated with health-care institutions (and I applaud Gov. Rendell for forcing hospitals to get serious about reducing infections), MRSA is emerging as a cause of dangerous skin infections among young athletes at every level.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - An eastern Pennsylvania high school is dealing with an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , or MRSA. Three students at Northampton Area High School have the skin infection, which can be fatal if not treated. They are getting medical care, said Superintendent Linda Firestone, who sent a letter to parents Wednesday urging good hygiene practices to prevent spreading the infection. Last month in Philadelphia, Saalen Jones, 17, a Martin Luther King High School football player, died of MRSA.
SPORTS
October 24, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
JayVaughn Pinkston didn't think much about the sore on his right leg until one summer day back at his Brooklyn home when he couldn't get out of bed. The Villanova junior forward's concern turned into full-blown fear when, after a series of doctor visits, Pinkston was found to have contracted MRSA, a staph infection resistant to antibiotics. The diagnosis, followed by emergency surgery in late August and six days of recovery at Bryn Mawr Hospital, left him plenty of time to ponder the worst.
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October 15, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
TAMPA - Oh, MRSA, MRSA me. Things ain't what they used to be. After two seasons of ineptness, the Eagles are turning into a viable NFL franchise. They have two quarterbacks capable of starting and winning. They have a defense that, despite serious personnel issues, occasionally makes a play or two. They have MVP candidates at running back and wide receiver. Consecutive wins against winless teams in disarray might not make the Eagles favorites to make the playoffs, but both wins did come on the road.
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October 20, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Nine athletes and a coach at Iona College in New York contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, which has spread through schools nationwide, health officials said yesterday. The outbreak was under control and the one student who was hospitalized has been released, said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, the health commissioner in Westchester County, just north of New York City. Staph infections, including the serious Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, have spread in recent weeks through schools across the nation, according to health and education officials.
NEWS
September 27, 2008 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Martin Luther King High School football player has died after contracting methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a contagious infection becoming more common in schools and gyms. Saalen Jones, a 17-year-old senior, died Tuesday at Albert Einstein Medical Center, said Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District. The teenager's father took him to Einstein after finding him semiconscious in bed. The teenager, who had complained of neck pain, died the same day. Yesterday, the results of an exam conducted to determine cause of death indicated that Jones had died of MRSA.
SPORTS
October 13, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ESPN's TREY WINGO suggested yesterday that the NFL Players Association might want to postpone the Eagles' game at Tampa tomorrow, after the Buccaneers confirmed a third case of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The NFL, though, is the only entity that can postpone a game, and the league said it had no plans to do so. "Our office, the NFLPA, and appropriate medical specialists are working with the Buccaneers' medical staff to aggressively address the matter," the NFL said yesterday in a statement.
NEWS
August 17, 2006 | By John Sullivan and Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
For the last two football seasons, the Mount Lebanon High School Blue Devils have lost to a nasty foe: a virulent antibiotic-resistant staph infection that benched 13 of the team's players, sending three to the hospital. The problem has become so widespread among sports teams that athletic trainers in Pennsylvania have started an educational campaign to raise awareness and prevent the infections. "We are seeing more and more of this all the time," said A.J. Duffy 3d, head athletic trainer at Widener University and past president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society.
NEWS
October 19, 2007 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chichester education officials sent a letter home to families that urged health precautions after a high school student was diagnosed with a skin infection known as MRSA. The initials stand for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus - a type of bacteria that's resistant to antibiotics. It often appears as pimples and boils. The high school canceled after-school activities yesterday, but planned to open on time this morning after a thorough overnight scrubbing. The letter instructed families to take preventative measures such as frequently washing their hands, and urged them to report rashes or sores to a physician.
NEWS
October 20, 2007 | By Faye Flam and John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
At Chichester High School, a single student's skin infection prompted the superintendent to cancel after-school activities and order the high school scrubbed with bleach overnight. Four hundred students - about one-third of the school - stayed home yesterday. Also in Delaware County, a student's infection led officials to close Indian Lane Elementary near Media yesterday, locking the doors while janitors attacked buildings with mops and disinfectants. Across the country, dozens of reported cases suggested an epidemic of an infection few had heard much about - MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
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January 15, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A LITTLE MORE than 4 years later, it's easy to forget that JayVaughn Pinkston's Villanova basketball career nearly ended before he played a game. "I didn't know what was going to happen to me," the 6-7 fifth-year senior remembered. "Looking back at it now, from the bigger picture, I feel like it was the best thing to ever happen to me. And that doesn't sound stupid to say. " In November 2010, the McDonald's All-American forward from Brooklyn was arrested and charged with assault following an off-campus fight.
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March 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Infielder Freddy Galvis visited the Phillies clubhouse Tuesday for the first time since he was hospitalized with a MRSA infection last week. Galvis was greeted warmly by teammates before they left for Tampa and Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees. Last week, the team said Galvis was hospitalized with a staph infection after he had an abscess removed from his left knee. Tests revealed that Galvis had contracted MRSA, an infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, opening another spot on the 40-man roster. Frandsen cleared waivers and now has 72 hours to accept his assignment. If he opts to become a free agent, he will forfeit this year's salary, a guaranteed $900,000. He is likely to accept the assignment. The Phillies signed Frandsen to that contract in the offseason, avoiding arbitration. He led the majors with 14 pinch-hits last season.
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March 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Friday that Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis has contracted MRSA. "Right now we are more concerned about his overall health than anything else," Amaro said. "He will be in the hospital for a little bit, but we are not sure how long. " According to the Mayo Clinic, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus auerus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.
SPORTS
October 24, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
JayVaughn Pinkston didn't think much about the sore on his right leg until one summer day back at his Brooklyn home when he couldn't get out of bed. The Villanova junior forward's concern turned into full-blown fear when, after a series of doctor visits, Pinkston was found to have contracted MRSA, a staph infection resistant to antibiotics. The diagnosis, followed by emergency surgery in late August and six days of recovery at Bryn Mawr Hospital, left him plenty of time to ponder the worst.
SPORTS
October 15, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
TAMPA - Oh, MRSA, MRSA me. Things ain't what they used to be. After two seasons of ineptness, the Eagles are turning into a viable NFL franchise. They have two quarterbacks capable of starting and winning. They have a defense that, despite serious personnel issues, occasionally makes a play or two. They have MVP candidates at running back and wide receiver. Consecutive wins against winless teams in disarray might not make the Eagles favorites to make the playoffs, but both wins did come on the road.
SPORTS
October 13, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ESPN's TREY WINGO suggested yesterday that the NFL Players Association might want to postpone the Eagles' game at Tampa tomorrow, after the Buccaneers confirmed a third case of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The NFL, though, is the only entity that can postpone a game, and the league said it had no plans to do so. "Our office, the NFLPA, and appropriate medical specialists are working with the Buccaneers' medical staff to aggressively address the matter," the NFL said yesterday in a statement.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A story Monday, in stating that Sacred Heart Church in Montgomery County was among 46 parishes being examined by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to assess their viability, did not make clear that it is Sacred Heart Church in Swedesburg that is under examination. A timeline with a story Sunday on convicted murderer Rafael Robb wrongly said Robb confessed to the crime in January 2007. He was charged with first- and third-degree murder in January 2007 and confessed in November. The Sunday Health section's "Medical Mystery" column gave an incorrect statistic for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas . MRSA, which is harmless unless it enters the body, usually through a break in the skin, can be found on the skin or in the nose of about 1 percent of the population.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Drs. Chantal Lewis and John Stern, For The Inquirer
A 35-year-old handyman had been working all day, installing tiles in a house, despite feeling under the weather. A low-grade fever was giving him chills, and his stomach was bothering him, but he powered through until about 4 p.m. when his symptoms worsened radically. He found a bathroom and tried to urinate, but the attempt produced only a searing pain in his groin. By the time he found his way to the emergency department, he was drenched in sweat and doubled over with pain in his lower abdomen.
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