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Friday, July 15, 2005

Prison says staph infection under control

7/14/2005, 10:03 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Chester County Prison officials said Thursday that an outbreak of a drug-resistant staph infection has been brought under control but did not disclose how many inmates had been affected.

Warden D. Edward McFadden gave few details about the outbreak except to say that several inmates were being quarantined after being diagnosed with a form of MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

MRSA is "very common in a lot of prisons," McFadden said.

MRSA, which cannot be treated with the most common antibiotics, usually causes mild skin infections but can result in more serious and even life-threatening infections. In March, two Allegheny County Jail inmates died of MRSA infections.


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