Student Firefighters Contract MRSA Superbug at FDNY Academy

RANDALL’S ISLAND —Several probationary firefighters at the FDNY Academy have contracted a serious drug-resistant bacterial infection and at least one has had to be hospitalized, according to officials.

The students from the current class, which began in July, were pulled from the academy after the first case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was reported last week, according to the FDNY.

At least one trainee in the class was hospitalized as a result of the infection but has since been released, according to a source.

An official with the FDNY said “less than 10″ probationaries were removed and placed on medical leave, and of those “several” had confirmed cases of MRSA.

Some of the students who have been placed on medical leave did not have a confirmed diagnosis but were removed for precautionary reasons, the official said.


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