Staph Infection Traced To Fire Training Center

Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) State Health Officials have traced an outbreak of a drug-resistant staph infection to a Fort Collins firefighter training center.

Several recruits who were training at the Poudre Valley Fire Authority Center have been diagnosed with the infection, known as MRSA. The exact number wasn't immediately available.

MRSA mostly causes skin infections, such as boils and abscesses. But it can sometimes cause life-threatening blood infections.

Poudre Valley Fire Authority spokesman Patrick Love says the center has been cleaned and that managers are taking other steps recommended by health officials.

The Fort Collins facility is part of a regional training system serving departments from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Boulder, where the ailing recruits are from.


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