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Tampa Bay Bucs treat facility after MRSA outbreak

Lawrence Tynes is responding to treatment, the team says. (Mike Carlson / AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently disinfected their facility after an outbreak of the superbug MRSA sidelined guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes, ESPN reports.

The antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was found in Nicks and Tynes, who underwent surgery to remove infected tissue from his toe. The Bucs say that both players are responding to treatment.

“We had a company come in and nuke the building a week ago after the cultures taken from Nicks and Tynes confirmed it was MRSA,” General Manager Mark Dominik told Chris Mortensen. “It was a precautionary move, but we didn’t want to fool with it. Our owners said spare no expense; we had the facility treated, and the league office approved of our actions.”

Over the years, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have paid close attention to the issue, with teams like the Washington Redskins taking preventative measures. After several incidents, the Redskins in 2006 installed a Jacuzzi system equipped with an ultraviolet light filtering system designed to kill germs and hired a company to treat the training room, locker rooms and weight rooms with an anti-microbial coating. Players are constantly warned to use antibacterial soap, not to share towels or shoes, and to treat small nicks and abrasions.

In 2006, defensive lineman Brandon Noble battled an infection that led to complications that cut short his career during his career. “The worst and most unexpected thing that I have come up against in my football career,” Noble wrote on the Infection Diseases Society of America website in 2006, “has been a tiny little thing that I cannot see.”

Because prevention There are also signs throughout the training room, reminding players to avoid entering the whirlpools or Jacuzzis without first having showered. At each entrance to the training room are oversized dispensers of antibacterial liquid soap. In the locker room’s bathroom area, across from the new Jacuzzi, is a sign adjacent to the sink, reminding players not to share razors.

The Redskins play the Bucs next week in Tampa Bay in the final preseason game.

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