MRSA Hits The BucsAugust 22nd, 2013
The Bucs confirmed today that guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes have been infected with MRSA, an aggressive form of staph infection.
The Bucs first realized that MRSA, a very contagious form of staph, hit the team when Carl Nicks’ blister on the right side of his foot — not his turf toe — was infected when the Bucs were practicing in New England last Thursday. Shortly thereafter, Tynes, who did not accompany the team to New England, also was diagnosed with MRSA in his ingrown toenail.
Once the Bucs learned of the infections, ownership authorized an immediate and thorough cleaning of One Buc Palace as a precautionary measure, as the team does not yet know where the MRSA originated. The cleaning cost tens of thousands of dollars, Joe has learned.
To date, no other Bucs player has been found to be infected with MRSA. Nicks’ infection is starting to respond to treatment and recede, Joe has been told. Tynes’ treatment is also showing positive results.
Because MRSA is aggressive and resistant to standard forms of antibiotic treatment, a special blend of antibiotics is required to combat the spreading of the MRSA, which infects the skin. The Bucs have consulted with disease specialists both locally and outside the area. The Bucs have also been in contact with medical experts at NFL headquarters in New York.
The Bucs emphasized they do not know the origin of the MRSA. The fact no other Buccaneers are infected suggests the origin may not be One Buc Palace, but no one with the team is certain.
Monday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano met with the team and informed the players of the MRSA issue and the team was given an orientation on how to prevent MRSA. The players also were issued special soaps used to prevent and combat the infection.
UPDATE: The Bucs just confirmed, via Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, that a second sterilization of One Buc will be performed this weekend..