Fire Commissioner Orders Academy Cleanup After More MRSA Cases

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MAY 9, 2014 - Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro at the fire academy on Randall's Island.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has ordered a massive cleanup of a fire training facility and its equipment after more probationary firefighters may have been infected by a drug resistant bacterial infection called MRSA.

Fire officials say 20 probationary firefighters developed infections on Randall's Island, where New York firefighters train. Most of those cases were confirmed as MRSA.

Commissioner Nigro also ordered changes to training exercises that have caused recruits to cut themselves. Officials say those wounds have led to a majority of the MRSA cases at the facility.

DNA Info first reported the newly-confirmed cases and the cleanup.