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TopMD Skin Care Offers Skin Hygiene Tips to Help Prevent Deadly Bacteria That Affects National Football League, Midwest High School Athletic Teams
Date:9/23/2013

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

In recent months, published reports on August 23 and September 24, 2013, announced that two Midwest high school teams and the star kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were treated for an outbreak of MRSA, a potentially deadly and often antibiotic-resistant bacterium.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by staph bacteria that is highly contagious and becomes resistant to the frontline antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been cautioning against antibiotic overuse and antibiotic resistance. On September 16, the CDC issued an alarming public health warning, and for the first time categorized antibiotic-resistant organisms by threat level. It also called on doctors to be much more stringent about skin hygiene with their patients.

"MRSA is a serious skin infection that is becoming increasingly prevalent, particularly among athletes – from pint-sized wrestlers to professional football players," says Diane S. Berson, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Assistant Attending Dermatologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York C
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