Congress Gym Scare: Staph Infection Strikes Staffer

"I don't think that's necessary right now," he said. "It would not be appropriate for someone who uses this gym to be very worried about it. There is no reason to panic."

Simon remains unconvinced that the House gym was the source of this infection.

"Gyms don't infect people, people infect people," Simon said, adding that the staffer may have contracted the bug at any number of other places.

Regardless, the efforts to sanitize the gym likely are a smart step, as hygiene appears to be the best defense so far against MRSA.

Infectious disease experts agree that there are simple steps people can take to reduce their risk of contracting the superbug, such as washing their hands regularly, covering their wounds, and not sharing personal items, such as towels.

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