Gina Cook

DC Police Academy Closes Gym After Cadets Show Signs of Skin Rash

Cadets at D.C.'s police academy have been told to clean out their lockers, because parts of the facility may have problems with some type of bacterial infection, according to a statement from police.

A few members at the Metropolitan Police Academy in southwest Washington showed signs of a skin rash and had to go to a police and fire clinic for medical evaluations, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.

"While it is not immediately clear how these members developed the rash nor can we confirm it was contracted at MPD facilities, we are taking the necessary steps to prevent the potential spread of the condition," MPD said in the statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed the workout facilities at the Academy until further notice to allow sanitation contractors the opportunity to provide a thorough cleaning of the area which included the locker rooms."

Sources said the rash could be the result of staph or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA is an infection caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections.

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