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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