Officials announced on Tuesday that officers at the West Valley police station in Reseda may have been exposed to MRSA, a form of staph infection that is highly contagious and resistant to some antibiotics.
They did not say how many officers may had been infected, or how. According to the Los Angeles Times, an LAPD spokesman refused to go into specifics due to the "nature of the exposure."
MRSA infection, otherwise known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is usually seen in places with crowded conditions like hospitals, nursing homes, or the homeless community. It can be transmitted to others through contact or by sharing personal items that have touched infected skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, untreated MRSA can even spread throughout the body and cause life-threatening issues.
LAPD officials did confirm that the work areas exposed at the station have all been disinfected.
“The health, safety, and well-being of our Los Angeles Police Department officers is critical and we are ensuring the officers exposed to this disease are cared for,” the department said in a statement. “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.”
Read the full report on the LA Times.