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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobstermen on a Maine island are grappling with more than seafood: They're dealing with a persistent bout with antibiotic-resistant staph infections.

Over the past two summers, more than 30 people on Vinalhaven have come down with skin infections that have sent some people to their medical providers for repeated treatments with antibiotics.

It's the same variety of community-acquired methicillin-resistant staph, also known as MRSA that has hit the St. Louis Rams and other sports teams, military units and prisons.

Maine's epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Sears, says it's a bit of a medical mystery as to how the bacteria found its way onto the island, but it's being spread by human-to-human contact. He says it's a problem for lobstermen but not lobster consumers. He says the state's signature seafood is safe to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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