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Blitzing Microbial Infections

Redskins Take Multiple Precautions Against Dangerous MRSA

By Howard Bryant

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, August 3, 2006; Page E01

The Washington Redskins took quiet steps during the offseason to combat one of their tiniest and toughest foes -- a microscopic organism that is becoming increasingly dangerous and potentially lethal.

The microbe, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is a bacteria once relegated to hospitals and prisons but now -- because athletes are in such close contact with one another and share Jacuzzis, whirlpools and athletic equipment -- is proliferating in locker rooms at all levels of sports.

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"We're concerned about it' date='" said Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine. "We don't want to lose any player. We don't want anything to affect their career and we want to do all we can do. It's a terrible infection that can cripple your team."[/quote']

Lets hope all the guys stay healthy. When you play football, injuries are already hard to deal with. The last thing any of the guys need is this.

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