New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is in an intensive care unit battling a MRSA infection in his foot and ankle that is so severe that he has undergone a series of surgeries.
MRSA, also known, as a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph infection that is resistant to many antibiotics.
This super bug can be life-threatening if it spreads. What does Fells’ future look like? Keep reading!
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Fells’ health problems developed when he injuried to his toe and ankle and was given a cortisone shot for the pain. However, after a week of foot and ankle pain, his wife took him to the hospital on Oct. 2 with a fever. Some reports say Fells has already had part of his foot removed via surgery, but that is not confirmed by Fells or the Giants.
The Giants reportedly scrubbed their locker rooms and meeting areas “under the supervision of infectious disease specialists” in order to prevent the MRSA infection from spreading.
Professional, college and even high school athletes have contracted MRSA, which thrives in warm, unsanitary environments like locker rooms. MRSA is usually spread by direct physical contact, but may also be spread teammates who share razors, soap, or towels
The most MRSA reported cases have been in wrestling and football, because these athletes can suffer open wounds, and they experience frequent skin-to-skin contact.
“‘Football is a sport where people tend to get a lot of breaks in the skin from abrasions they sustain when they go down,” Jeff Hageman, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NPR. “And we know that with staph and with MRSA, it requires breaks in the skin to actually cause disease.”
“Several prominent NBA players have also suffered staph infections, including Paul Pierce of the Celtics and the Cavaliers’ Drew Gooden,” Hageman added.
Fells’ condition remains serious, but he did post on Instagram post before last night’s Giants game against the San Francisco 49ers:, “My heart is with my brothers tonight. Get that W G-men. I love every one of you #thiswillnotdefeatme.”
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