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.
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.
October 24, 2013 |
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.
October 15, 2013 |
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.
October 20, 2007 |
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.
September 27, 2008 |
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.
October 13, 2013 |
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.
August 17, 2006 |
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.
October 19, 2007 |
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.
October 20, 2007 |
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.