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Unknown ‘infestation’ closes LAPD jail

LOS ANGELES — An unknown type infestation has forced the closure of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific station jail indefinitely, police said Wednesday.

It was not immediately known what type of infestation forced the closure of the jail at 12312 Culver Blvd., said Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

News of the jail closure comes only a few days after three LAPD officers were infected with a highly contagious staph infection after what a police union official says was an encounter with a homeless person at a police station.

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The outbreak started sometime within the last week at the LAPD West Valley station in Reseda when officers arrested a transient who was brought to the station, which has since undergone cleaning of all surfaces to stop the MRSA from spreading. The three infected officers are on medical leave. All are expected to make a full recovery, according to the union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

MRSA — Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — is a highly contagious bacterium that is particularly hard to treat because it’s resistant to some commonly used antibiotics.

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