Preventing MRSA In Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin plans to introduce legislation to better detect, prevent and treat drug-resistant bacteria such as MRSA (MUR'-suh).

MRSA is a staph bacteria that doesn't respond to penicillin and similar antibiotics. But it can be treated with other drugs.

Durbin calls the initiative the Community and Healthcare-Associated Infections Reductions Bill of 2007.

Earlier this month cases of drug-resistant staph were reported by schools officials in Evergreen Park, Aurora and Naperville.

Illinois has a law requiring testing for staph infections in hospitals.

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