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3 LAPD officers infected with antibiotic-resistant MRSA

May 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers who work at a station in the San Fernando Valley have been infected with the superbug known as MRSA.

CBS2 reports Tuesday the outbreak started a few days ago at the West Valley station in Reseda and possibly resulted from interacting with homeless people.

MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria.

The Police Department says in a statement that the officers are being cared for and all work areas of the police station that may have been exposed have been disinfected.

The statement says emergency personnel constantly respond to incidents that may put them at risk of potential exposure to various diseases.

MRSA is short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas. MRSA can become dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage.

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