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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Micro-Organism Causing Prisoner Deaths

WLNS Michigan

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.


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