Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dutch soccer team

Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Oct;12(10):1584-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1210.060387.


An outbreak of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus occurred among members and close contacts of a soccer team. Typing of the isolates showed the outbreak was caused by the well-known European ST80-IV strain. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an outbreak of this strain among members of a sports team.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Pulsed-Field
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Methicillin Resistance*
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Soccer*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / transmission
  • Staphylococcus aureus / classification
  • Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification