Inmates at the Calhoun County Jail are being tested today for a highly resistant micro-organism responsible for the deaths of 2 prisoners. 71-year-old Charlie Tidwell of Battle Creek and 42-year-old Scott Garvie of Bellevue both became ill and died March 1st.
The 2 men were assigned to the same housing unit at the jail. Autopsies found that they developed pneumonia after being infected by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. The bacterium, also known as MRSA, isn't easily treated with antibiotics.