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August 22, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
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Nicks, Tynes Suffering From MRSA Infection

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that both guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are suffering from a MRSA infection. Both players are undergoing treatment and sources say both are responding to medication.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed on Thursday that kicker Lawrence Tynes and guard Carl Nicks tested positive and are receiving treatment for the potential serious and contagious infection MRSA.

The Mayo Clinic website explained that the MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

Most MRSA infections occur in people who've been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it's known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures or devices, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

Another type of MRSA infection has occurred in the wider community — among healthy people. This form, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), often begins as a painful skin boil. It's spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, childcare workers and people who live in crowded conditions.

The Buccaneers hired an outside company to come in and thoroughly cleanse One Buc Place as a proactive move last Thursday. A source confirmed that no other players have shown any sign of the infection and the team is hopeful they Nicks and Tynes are isolated incidents. Sources say both players have been responding to treatment.

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik released a statement late Thursday evening.

"Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff. Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL’s medical advisor, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measures including the treatment of our practice facility."

The Buccaneers will have their facility cleansed once again over the weekend while the team is in Miami for their third preseason game against the Dolphins.
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    Viruses were always the hard thing to deal with; but, of course, bacteria can evolve . . .
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    I keep thinking the way to defend against evolving threats like bacteria is kind of like how to deal with ants; don't keep the food out; but, with bacteria, this is complicated; it's hard to know what all the factors go into why a bacteria is going to evolve or not; or, why it chooses to replicate and become a menace; bacteria are in the gut; they help break down food.
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    I don't want to even think about where this could go, but there is precedence. FYI.....http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8110338c/article/exbrown-jurevicius-files-lawsuit-blaming-team-doctors-for-staph-infection
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    Its is really a shame that players have to go through the injuries-But I wish a speedy recovery-GO Bucs
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    What a story Buc4life. Glad you were able to fight through it.
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    Well fellow Buc fans and PR readers....speaking as someone who suffered thru an entire year and three major surgeries from MRSA, this has the potential to spell the end of Nicks season b4 it has even begun. Aside from wanting to see Nicks play this season, we should all pray that they can stop this in it's tracks b4 he ends up needing any kind of surgery...Tynes as well. A few facts for everyone to know...Staph is everywhere, on every surface of everything and even in our own bloodstreams...However and this is coming from the mouths of the medical professionals who treated and cared for me, it wasn't until govt bureaucracies and corporate interests (insurance companies) started "controlling costs" by shortening hospital stays for patients that Staph strains started to become dangerous. By sending patients home and back into their communities early, strains of staph and other viruses that would have been confined to and killed within the confines of a hospital were introduced back into home/community settings where they have been coming into contact with other strains that they would have previously never come into contact with and began mutating. I was told back in 2005 that while no one in the medical community was talking openly about it, those who knew where very scared of these circumstances leading to an epidemic within 10 to 15 years...After almost losing an extremity or two thru 3 major surgeries and 2 to 3 months of IV antibiotic treatments thru a port in my bicept, it was finally decided to put me on a new experimental antibiotic that cost over 2 grand for a 10 day supply as a last resort to try and finally get my strain of staph under control...After having to avoid sunlight or risk my liver shutting down (as one of the many strict precautions associated with taking this new drug) my staph infection was finally gotten under control...This was 8 years ago and I was never a multi million dollar athlete with access to the best doctors and medicines that are available today, but as I said already, this could end up being a serious threat to Mr. Nicks and Tynes as well as anyone else on the team with any kind of succeptabilty to it...I was barely 25 and perfectly healthy when I was struck down with it, and regardless of the cleansing that has taken place at One Buc, staph can't be controlled, only subdued...until it meets another strain that is.
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    Many people are carriers and don't even know it - and it doesn't present itself until much later if/when they have a surgical incision or are immunocompromised from an illness. MRSA is pretty much epidemic now in most hospitals unfortunately. Good luck to the 2013 Buccaneers - seems like things aren't going very well in so many facets.
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    This can be VERY BAD !!!!!!
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    What did I say earlier this week about Bucs and bad luck? Unbelievable. I am glad to read they are responding to treatment. The sooner this preseason is over the better. Around the league this has got to be the worst training camp/preseason injury-wise in recent memory!
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    Not going to get into deep water like I know a lot about this disease, just a few stories and a little reading. Bottom line this can be serious stuff, but from what I've read can be cured with aggressive antibiotic drug therapy. The trick is finding the right drug that the person responds to. The Redskins and Browns have dealt with this and USC also dealt with a serious outbreak. All were successfully contained. The Bucs have already taken the right steps and if I'm to believe some early media reports both Nicks and Tynes are responding to their medications. That's good news so let's hope there's more to come!
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