EPA & CDC, August 5, 2016
In addition to the potential for chemical exposures at synthetic turf fields, concerns have been raised about the potential for exposure to microbial pathogens. For example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has caused outbreaks among athletic teams and artificial turf has been implicated as a fomite in transmission of MRSA among college athletes
Likewise, synthetic turf fields could serve as a route of transmission for additional pathogens derived from body fluids deposited onto fields by athletes, coaches and spectators.
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