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N.C. inmates treated for 'super bug'

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Health officials are treating two inmates at the Cumberland County jail for an infection that is resistant to most antibiotics. The MRSA infection is known as the "super bug." County health director Wayne Raynor says the inmates were diagnosed two to three weeks ago and are being treated with high-powered antibiotics. The infection is spread through cuts and abrasions, skin contact and contact with contaminated surfaces as well as coughing and poor hygiene. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. A sheriff's spokeswoman says no quarantine was needed because the inmates are not a health threat to the other prisoners. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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