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    '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    BY TINA HESMAN AND JIM THOMAS
    Post-Dispatch
    02/03/2005


    Five Rams players developed abscesses and came down with drug-resistant bacteria during the 2003 season, according to an article that appeared Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Three of the players missed a total of 17 days of practice or games, according to the article.

    The infections developed in turf burns on offensive and defensive linemen and one linebacker. All of the infections reached five to seven centimeters in diameter and had to be removed surgically.

    There were eight cases among the five players.

    Because of medical privacy laws, the names of the infected Rams players were not made public. However, Rams defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, then a rookie, missed a game because of a staph infection. Rams trainer Jim Anderson confirmed Thursday night that Kennedy was the first Rams player to come down with the staph infection in '03.

    After the Rams played the San Francisco ***** on Sept. 14, several of the ***** came down with the same infection. They might have caught it from the Rams players during the game, but that could not be proven.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was asked to investigate the transmission of the infection and to develop ways to control and to prevent it. Among other things, the CDC has come up with a protocol to be used by NCAA schools to prevent the spread of the infection among college players.

    The Rams players' skin infections were caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which is known as MSRA. The bacteria were resistant to antibiotics, such as methicillin, but could still be killed with other common antibiotics.

    The article in the New England Journal of Medicine was written by 19 doctors, including some from Washington University.

    The doctors performed nasal swabs on every Rams player and staff member. The doctors did not find the resistant bacteria in the noses, but did find Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in the noses of 23 players and 16 staff members.

    The researchers also tested the field at the Edward Jones Dome after a game, testing the places in which the most tackles had been made. Researchers also tested all areas of the Rams practice facility. No contagious bacteria were found.

    The researchers did find that trainers did not have regular access to hygenic products for their hands. They also found that during games and practices that towels were shared by several players.

    Since then, the Rams' medical staff has encouraged players to become more conscious of the problem. Players were advised to stay out of cold tubs and hot tubs if they had turf burn.


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    Re: '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    No wonder the Rams couldn't beat the Panthers...

    they were contaminated with germ warfare.

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    Re: '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    I wonder if they are trying to blame the field surface? mmmm, interesting


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    Re: '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    St. Louis spreading infections in San Francisco? Now there's a switch

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    Re: '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    Quote Originally Posted by RamDez
    I wonder if they are trying to blame the field surface? mmmm, interesting
    It's timing couldn't be any better, if so.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: '03 Rams suffered infections, abscesses

    Things do not add up..

    If they were checking where most of the tackles were made, they better check the Ram's opponent, because the Rams were not making any tackles. :redface:

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