Two 49ers Infected with Dangerous Staph Illness

A pair of San Francisco 49ers recently had bouts with a dangerous staph infection that could be a cause for great concern for the NFL should more cases emerge. Receiver Josh Morgan lost 15 pounds battling a MRSA infection, which is one of the most serious staph strains because it is resistant to standard antibiotics.

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Safety Keith Lewis also had the infection, according to the SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT’s Matt Maiocco. MRSA infections amongst football players are becoming more common as teams at all levels have moved increasingly from grass to synthetic fields.

Synthetic fields (”field turf”) give players more scrapes and burns than grass, which creates the most favorable conditions for the bacteria to spread. Read more…