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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 7:11 am

MRSA bacteria found in Wash. fire station

From FireRescue1.com

EVERETT, Wash. — A University of Washington study released Thursday found responders may be at a higher risk for carrying methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than the average person.

Researchers conducted the first-ever environmental health study on MRSA in Northwest fire stations and on personnel to determine the extent of the contamination.

After running tests, MRSA was found all over the fire station, reported King 5 News.


UW Professor Marilyn Roberts, an expert researcher on MRSA, told King 5 she had found evidence of the bacteria on most fire station surfaces, and on the responders themselves.

“Firefighters and paramedics are at the crossroads between the public and hospital environments,” said Roberts in the University’s press release. “Their job includes administering first-response care to patients, many of whom are more likely to be MRSA carriers or have MRSA infections than the general population. This puts them at increased risk for MRSA infections.”

Read the full article here.

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