The staph infection that ended Giants tight end Daniel Fells' season is MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant form of the infection that can create a life-threating situation and is highly contagious, according to a source.
According to Healthline.com, "MRSA is spread by coming in contact with an infected person or by exposure to a MRSA-contaminated object or surface that an infected person touches." As such the Giants scrubbed and disinfected their locker rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms this week after Fells' infection came to light.
"We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists," the team said in a statement. "Those protocols are being followed carefully."
Several NFL teams have had difficulty eradicating MRSA in the past decade including Washington, the Browns and the Buccaneers. Former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes' career ended and he became seriously ill due to a MRSA infection he acquired with the Bucs.
"It was very unfortunate with Daniel," Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "It went from early in the week being a junkie ankle to a serious situation. He's just looking forward to getting things under control so he can get out of the hospital."