Three Los Angeles police officers have been likely infected with MRSA at the department’s West Valley station in Reseda, and it’s unknown how many others have been exposed to the bacteria, an agency source told KTLA on Tuesday.
LAPD has not officially disclosed the exact diagnosis, but it did confirm that three officers are experiencing health-related issues and that the department is aggressively taking all steps to clean and sanitize its West Valley station.
"Because of [HIPAA] all we can say is there were health concerns and we have dealt with it," spokesman Josh Rubenstein told KTLA earlier on Tuesday.
In a statement, LAPD said:
“The health, safety, and wellbeing of our Los Angeles Police Department officers is critical and we are ensuring the officers exposed to this disease are cared for. First responders throughout the region and especially here in Los Angeles are constantly responding to incidents that put them at risk of potential exposure to various diseases, and that’s why the Department takes this incident very seriously. All of the work areas that may have been exposed have been disinfected.”
MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, most often causes skin infections and can be hard to treat due to resistance to some antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can lead to pneumonia or other infections in some cases.
KTLA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this report.