Fire EMS, Health & Safety

Survey Finds MRSA Prevalent in Washington Fire Stations

A survey sent out to 33 fire stations around Washington state found more than a half tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a news report.

KING 5 News ( reported that the survey also found that roughly a third of the stations had at least one employee who tested positive for MRSA.

Professor Marilyn Roberts with the University Of Washington School Of Public Health, who organized the survey, called the results surprisingly high and is helping departments come up with better ways to protect themselves.

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