MRSA outbreak: Multiple LAPD officers possibly contracted highly contagious infection

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Several Los Angeles police officers may have contracted MRSA, a highly contagious infection that causes staph.

Los Angeles police said the department is awaiting test results before releasing how many officers were infected.

LAPD issued the following statement:

“The health, safety, and wellbeing of our Los Angeles Police Department officers is critical and we are ensuring the officers exposed to this disease are cared for. First responders throughout the region and especially here in Los Angeles are constantly responding to incidents that put them at risk of potential exposure to various diseases, and that’s why the Department takes this incident very seriously. All of the work areas that may have been exposed have been disinfected.”

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a cause of staph infection that can be difficult to treat due to its resistance to some antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says staph infections – including those linked to MRSA – can spread in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, workplaces and schools.

Symptoms include rash, headaches, muscle aches, chills, fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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