Population-based estimates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Areus (MRSA) infections among high school athletes—Nebraska, 2006-2008

Bryan F Buss, Shawn W Mueller, Max Theis, Alison Keyser, Thomas J Safranek
Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses 2009, 25 (4): 282-91
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an emerging cause of skin and soft-tissue infections among athletes. To determine statewide incidence among high school athletes, we surveyed all 312 Nebraska high schools regarding sport programs offered, program-specific participation numbers, number of athletes with physician-diagnosed MRSA infections, and athlete's sport at infection onset. Among 271 (86.9%) schools responding, MRSA infections were reported among one or more athletes by 4.4% (12/270) and 14.4% (39/271) during school years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, respectively. From 2006-2007 to 2007-2008, MRSA incidence per 10,000 wrestlers increased from 19.6 to 60.1, and incidence per 10,000 football players increased from 5.0 to 25.1. We did not identify differences in distribution of MRSA infections on the basis of grade, school enrollment, location, or number of participants per team. Incidence of reported MRSA infections among football players and wrestlers was substantially higher during 2007-2008, compared with 2006-2007.

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