Published On: Sat, Oct 12th, 2013

Buccaneers report third player with MRSA, call on DICON to help

In a follow up to a report of two Tampa Bay Buccaneers being infected with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or more commonly known as MRSA, ESPN is reporting a third Buc contracting the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection.

DICON Co-Director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson and Bucs GM Mark Dominik Image/Video Screen Shot

DICON Co-Director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson and Bucs GM Mark Dominik
Image/Video Screen Shot

While the team declined to name the newest player with MRSA  citing HIPAA laws , NFL.com reported that that rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks is the latest player to get the infection.

Prior to this newest case, Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes were confirmed positive for the infection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said yesterday in a press conference (click on link to watch press conference) that  as part of the team’s proactive plan of action, the Buccaneers organization has been working with the world-renowned Duke Infection Control Outreach Network since September to educate the organization and implement effective infection control policies.

DICON Co-Director Dr. Deverick J. Anderson, recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on infectious disease control, addressed the Buccaneers players and staff on Friday. Dr. Anderson also confirmed the team’s ongoing efforts to implement proactive medical protocols in an effort to reduce the risk of future MRSA infections.

“Having worked closely with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I believe they are following the best practices and recommendations to reduce the transmission of MRSA,” Anderson said.

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    […] years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw at least three players sidelined with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) […]

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