MRSA

Purple MRSA cells under a microscope.
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A Pinellas County hospital wants the Florida Supreme Court to take up a dispute about a hospital volunteer who was diagnosed with the disease Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA.

Mease Countryside Hospital Volunteer Infection Case Moves Forward

Feb 13, 2020
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An appeals court Wednesday cleared the way for a lawsuit filed against a Pinellas County hospital by a volunteer who was diagnosed with the disease Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA. 

Broward High Schools Sanitized Over MRSA Bacteria Concerns

Feb 4, 2020

Broward schools spent the weekend scrubbing their gyms and locker rooms after learning of multiple cases of wrestlers possibly having the bacterial infection MRSA.

District spokeswoman Kathy Koch said there were “four or five” students suspected of having the infection, but she couldn’t say if they were all from one school or multiple schools. Parents at seven high schools received notices this weekend: Cooper City High, Miramar High, Monarch High in Coconut Creek, Nova High in Davie, J.P. Taravella High in Coral Springs, West Broward High and Western High.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the team, claiming unsanitary conditions at Bucs' facilities led to a MRSA infection that he says ended his career.

In a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court Monday, Tynes claimed the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the facility.

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Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is one of the most dangerous infections around, thanks to its resistance to most treatments, and its ability to easily spread to patients in high-risk areas such as hospitals and nursing homes.

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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Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers football players are fighting MRSA infections, a type of staph infection that's resistant to some antibiotics. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, athletic facilities are especially risky for MRSA infections, given the close physical contact and the likelihood of cuts and scrapes during practices. 

How MRSA Almost Ate My Elbow

Aug 26, 2013
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Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are putting training camp on hold because they’ve been diagnosed with a bacterial infection known as MRSA.


I know how it feels, because MRSA tried to eat my elbow in 2007.

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Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are being treated for staph infections, the Tampa Bay Times reports. MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics and is spread through contact with an infected person. More answers to frequently asked questions about MRSA available here

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A Delray Beach man convicted of scamming the elderly out of thousands of dollars will remain free a little longer -- until his antibiotic-resistant infection has healed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. One of the con man’s attorneys persuaded a judge it would be a hazard, since his client occasionally has pus seeping from his fingers.

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Researchers say hospitals’ most common method of fighting the antibiotic-resistant bacteria called MRSA -- screening and isolation -- isn’t as effective as another strategy that’s been tested at HCA hospitals nationwide, including a number in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

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A hospital in West Palm Beach is trying out an electronic product that uses colored lights and -- as a last resort -- beeps to warn busy hospital nurses to wash their hands as they enter a patient’s room, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Hand-washing seems like a no-brainer, but studies have found many health professionals forget, leading to the spread of MRSA and other infections.