Drug-Resistant MRSA Bug Found at FDNY Academy
Several trainees put on leave, one hospitalized
Several probationary firefighters at New York's FDNY Academy have contracted a drug-resistant staph infection, sending officials into precautionary measures and one trainee to the hospital. DNAInfo New York reported that "less than ten" students were put on leave when the first case of MRSA, or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, was discovered last week. The infection typically spreads when contaminated equipment comes into contact with wounds, and can be fatal if left untreated. Officials said that of the removed trainees, "several" were confirmed to have contracted MRSA.
"We take this issue very seriously and we are acting aggressively to combat this problem," FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said in a statement.
The department is cleaning and disinfecting the Randall's Island academy where the probationaries had been training since July, although the facilities have not been shut down. Current trainees have been ordered to wear kneepads during crawling drills, in order to prevent scrapes.