Thursday, March 12, 2009
Doctors: Incidence of infections low
NEW YORK -- Two independent infectious disease experts who inspected seven NFL facilities reported Thursday that the incidence of MRSA infections in the league is low and steadily declining.
The report also said NFL teams are doing an excellent job preventing and treating MRSA staph infections.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, in conjunction with the players' union, arranged for the inspections of the facilities. The inspections were conducted between December 2008 and February 2009 by Dr. Donald Poretz, the immediate past president of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a clinical professor of internal medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and at Virginia Commonwealth. Dr. Poretz was assisted by Dr. Daniel Sexton, professor of medicine at Duke and director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network.