NY firefighter trainees contract staph infection

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say a group of New York firefighter trainees are on medical leave after contracting a drug-resistant staph infection.

At least one of the trainees at the city's Fire Department Academy was hospitalized. Fire officials say not all of them have a confirmed diagnosis, but they were put on leave as a precaution.

FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer says the department is cleaning and disinfecting facilities at the academy on Randall's Island to make sure the infection does not spread.

Trainees have been told to wear kneepads for drills that involve crawling, to avert scrapes.

The infection, known as MRSA, is typically spread through contact with wounds, contaminated hands or equipment.

Officials did not disclose exactly how many probationary firefighters are infected.

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