NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Student athletes on Yale’s crew and baseball teams have tested position for MRSA, a contagious infection.
“It’s concerning and definitely a concerning thing,” said Yale student Bianca Hooi. On campus the word is, “The baseball team had a guy who had MRSA. I know that there was some bug going around and I assume that his nervous system was a little bit down and he caught it somehow,” said Yale athlete Ryan McQuaide. Teammates from the Women’s crew team are keeping quiet.
All the athletes workout in the same gym, using the same equipment. “Our coach hasn’t really talked to us much about it. He knows that we stay on top of it the way that we clean and make sure that we keep the machines clean and wash our hands,” said McQuaide. “I’m not super concerned but I am sure that they are on top of it and have a lot of people cleaning,” said student Shelby North.
Yale health officials released this statement about MRSA:
“Periodically we have had small clusters of MRSA skin infection involving people who share athletic equipment and/or have other skin-to-skin contact. This is not uncommon in college sports, gyms and other related settings. Affected patients are treated as appropriate with antibiotic therapy.”