That's freaking weird...infection jumped from foot to hand? I guess some people are just more susceptible to these types of things.
Its not that uncommon, Staph (staphyloccocus) is a blood bourne infection and its more probable that he didn't wipe out the bacteria with antibiotics completely before. Staph is actually present in your nose as well. Its likely that he had a small cut on his hand and the bacteria manifested from the sweat and other contaminents present.
I had a nasty staph infection last spring. As in bad enough to be nearly hospitalized as well. I felt sluggish and slow and awful for about 3 days before it manifested itself as a massive swollen infection on my right side, and it took weeks to get rid of, antibiotics, constant draining and all that good stuff. I hope Higgins is able to recover fast, not just because the Canucks need him, but because that kind of illness/injury is awful to have to deal with.
What the hell? Kind of a strange re-occurring injury. Is he banging meth in the DTES or some other sordid activity that makes one prone to staph infections?
Not trying to be snippy, but staph infections aren't predominently caused by lack of cleanliness or hygiene or even drug use. Being an athlete and constently dealing with cuts are bound to cause infections now and then.
I really hope for Chris' well-being that the staph isn't a strain of MRSA. Its been a major problem in hospitals over the few years. He's one of my favourite players, and I'm sure he's a great guy too. It sucks to see someone in that kind of pain but he should take some relief in the fact Vancouver has some of the best surgeons in the country and if it comes down to a palmar fasciotomy or irrigation and debridement, he's in the best hands possible.