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Do You Have ‘Superbug’ in Your Nose?

When professional athletes get a staph infection, such as the three Tampa Bay Buccaneer football players who are currently fighting MRSA, the media shine a spotlight. But as the Tampa Tribune reports, MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) is everywhere.

About one-third of people carry the staph bacteria in their noses at any one time, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and 2 percent carry the antibiotic-resistant MRSA.

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