Three inmates sick at Southern State prison

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Three cases of the potent MRSA staph infection have been identified at Southern State Correctional Facility, and sanitizers are being made available to staff members and visitors.

Once the first case was confirmed, doctors and nurses checked all 350 of the Springfield prison’s inmates and found the other two.

Delores Burroughs-Biron, health services director for the state Department of Corrections, says aggressive work “helped us to avert a larger incident.”

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The affected inmates are being treated with antibiotics and appear to be responding.

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