LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been infected with a highly contagious staph infection after what a union official says was an encounter with a homeless person at a police station.

The outbreak started sometime within the last week at the LAPD West Valley station in Reseda when officers arrested a transient and was brought to the station, which has since undergone cleaning of all surfaces to stop the MRSA from spreading.

The three officers who were infected are on medical leave pending treatment and testing. All are expected to make a full recovery.

The LAPD released the following statement Tuesday:

“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. 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. All of the work areas that may have been exposed have been disinfected.”

Steve Gordon of the L.A. Police Protective League confirmed to CBSLA that it was a homeless transient who came into contact with officers at the station.

Gordon was blunt when asked about the problems officers face when dealing with the homeless population.

“Our officers are being put in very hazardous conditions, with the addiction to drugs, the homeless encampments, the feces, the needles, everything throughout these encampments,” said Gordon. “There’s only one thing that these cameras can’t catch and that is the smell and the vile conditions in which some of these addicted people live in.”

But Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at LAC+USC Medical Center, said it’s unfair – and inaccurate – to pin blame on any one source.

“You wouldn’t be able to say that it came from one person or another, ” he said. “It’s everywhere around us.”

MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that can be found on the skin of healthy people, but can cause serious bone and flood infections. A MRSA infection can initially look like a spider bite or pimple, but continues to get infected and can cause a fever. The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, can spread through direct contact and infected surfaces in crowded places like jails, hospitals, schools and gyms, and in close communities like homeless encampments.

Comments (21)
  1. Jerry Blake says:

    Colloidal Silver will wipe out MRSA on contact and CURE the patient. Why are they hiding this when it has been used for 100 years in the eyes of babies born at risk of venereal disease to prevent blindness? Answer: Big Pharma does not want cheap cures…only prolonged costly and very profitable treatments. Don’t believe me…do your own research avoiding any site that calls itself a fact checker. Your family’s quality of life depends on it.

    1. Charles Alfred Diaz says:

      Silver Nitrate is what was used, not Colloidal Silver. It isn’t used anymore. Now an antibiotic ointment is used and it is extremely inexpensive. Why you nutritional supplement hacks want to go spread around this type of manure is beyond me. Oh yeah, $$$$ earned selling snake oil. You don’t know what you are talking about.

      1. Talmadge Harper says:

        Actually you the one who is mistaken. Colloidal silver and ionic silver can knock this out very quickly. And you can make your own for pennies for a gallon just by doing some research. I’m basing my comments on years of research and personal experience. You on the other hand are just spreading more misinformation to people who randomly believe comments without doing their own research. For those of you who google your information, beware the lead pages on silver are full of falsehoods to scare you away. You will need to go deeper in your research with Dr. Robert O. Becker began his groundbreaking research at Syracuse Medical University. Also research Alfred Searle, he is quoted saying “Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.” (Colloids In Biology and Medicine, 1919, by Alfred Searle)

  2. Christopher Perrien says:

    MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that can be found on the skin of healthy people,

    Stuff is everywhere

  3. Sam Vitale says:

    Large groups of Home-less and then add un-vaccinated illegal , the perfect storm

  4. Stream Ofyes says:

    toward the end of the article it reads , “but dr spellberg , chief medical officer…” , saying it’s unfair and inaccurate , pretty sloppy journalism .

  5. Don Padron says:

    Remember when California dealt with the fruit fly back in the late 70s early 80s? Helicopters over the cities and county at night dispensing stuff that killed the little buggers. Why not do it in and over the cities that allow such filthy conditions to exist and spread disease to the innocent. Fly over the areas with disinfectant and medicinal pellets that just cover the area and those infected. If it’s good for a fly it must be good for the disease spreaders.

  6. Bob Suyak says:

    So why does LA have all thee homeless when the economy is kicking a.s?

    1. scottzwartz says:

      The city has homeless crisis because Garetti’s Manhattanization mania has targeted rent controlled units for destruction. The destruction of the homes of over 60,000 poor people the poor people onto the streets inn record numbers where Garcetti will not spend a cent to help them except when he wants a photo-op. Rats and disease spread — even into city hall. The media refuses to report the actual story as the developers run the city. An advertiser boycott by only 20% would be devastating so they perpetuate the developer lies that we are not building enough high desnity housing.

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  8. Gil Stonebarger says:

    good I hope every liberal in California gets it for being stupid enough to support this crud

  9. Years ago the Berkeley streets department used to wash down the streets and sidewalks around 4a.m. every morning with a tanker usually used to wet down construction sites. Huge volume of water was sprayed on the sidewalks where the bums and hippy’s were camped out. Telegraph road was clean after only a few days and the people got a shower and bath. We were in Moscow Russia last October. One thing I noticed was in this huge city some in the USA think of as backwards and 3rd world like, was how clean the streets and sidewalks were. No litter, no street people anywhere. Non in the parks either, Clean places, clean people. And more luxury cars than I have ever seen even in LA or Beverley Hills. They wash the streets down daily too in many areas using little pavement washers. Just a couple ideas to remove street people. (a few -40 degree winters might help too.

  10. Carl Mayo says:

    if i were a cop in that nasty city, i would move somewhere else quick.

  11. Doug Day says:

    Vast swathes of Los Angeles is a third world hellhole occupied by homeless, drug addicts, drunks, prostitutes, thieves, panhandlers and servants for the remaining uber-rich who are all Democradicals. Ugh.

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