Synthetic Turf, MRSA, and Other Infections (Oh My!)

By Courts & Greens - March 16th, 2018 in Turf

Staph Infections are Dangerous and Deadly

In any type of contact sport, exposure to germs and viruses that aren’t yours is ever present. With antibiotics becoming less effective and growing concerns over so-called superbugs, it’s worth examining the possibility of synthetic turf aiding in the spread of these types of bacteria. Perhaps the most concerning is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

Could your turf be harboring it?

Artificial Turf Isn’t a Source of MRSA

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, a nonprofit trade association that advocates for the synthetic turf industry, The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a study in 2009 stating “it is unlikely that the new generation of artificial turf is itself a source of MRSA.

A Penn State University study supported those results, finding no difference between survival rates of staph from artificial and natural grass surfaces. Maybe someday we’ll have synthetic turf that eliminates harmful germs effectively, but for now it’s good to know your artificial turf isn’t the culprit.

Questions? Give Us a Call!

We’ve done our research to ensure your health and well being on Courts & Greens synthetic turf.  If you have any questions about safely installing turf on your property, contact us today. We’re happy to assist in any aspect with our surfaces to make your dreams into reality!

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