Missouri officials investigate bacteria as cause of deaths

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, March 05 2015 Mar 5, 2015 Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:23:13 PM CST March 05, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri health department is investigating whether a staph bacteria caused the deaths of two St. Charles County residents.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officials confirmed Wednesday that they are looking into whether methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (MUR'-suh), is linked to the February deaths of a 48-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son.

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment said in a statement Friday that the deaths appeared to be isolated and there was no risk of a public health risk.

In a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control said that about 80,000 people were infected with the bacteria each year, and about 11,000 people die.

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