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Employee’s infection proves costly to Liz Claiborne store

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When an employee with an unidentified infection came to work at the Liz Claiborne Outlet Store at Lighthouse Place in Michigan City, management feared it might be methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)—a potentially deadly infection that was in the news late last year.

Management closed the store, destroyed all the merchandise and disinfected the store before reopening about a week later.

Tests later showed the infection was not MRSA.

Tip: An excess of caution led Liz Claiborne employees to overreact. While MRSA is serious, it requires close physical contact to spread. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health publishes a fact sheet on MRSA in the workplace at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/mrsa.

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