A Florida high school student died from a powerful strain of staph infection, known commonly as MRSA. It is a common bacteria, but for one athlete the severity of the infection was just too rare and unusual.
It can start with a simple skin infection, a spider bite, or even a cut. But in a small number of cases a simple rash can become deadly.
Alonzo Smith, an eighteen-year-old high school football player died from MRSA or methicillin resistant staph aureus. University of Florida College of Medicine Dr. Lennox Archibald says that MRSA cases are not uncommon among athletes.
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