MRSA concerns in Antigua

MRSA concerns in Antigua

Officers who work at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) have voiced concerns that they could potentially transmit the highly infectious Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria that has been confirmed to be within the prison to their family members, lawmen, court employees and by extension, the public.

In addition to the recent three suspected MRSA cases, one of which Minister of Public Safety Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said has been confirmed, and re-infections of chickenpox, Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh told the court yesterday that St John’s Police Station has bedbugs.

When asked by attorney Ken Kentish if measures were being put in place to protect those who interact with the men and women being held at the Coronation Road facility, Walsh said “yes”.

Benjamin said that he has already met with prison officers, the police, army, and Ministry of Health officials with regards to MRSA.


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