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Nancy Loge, a nurse with infection control at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, left, and Jan Nelson, of Litchfield, demonstrate how a screening for MRSA is done. (Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer)

Screening for drug-resistant staph

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WILLMAR -- Hoping to stem the tide of drug-resistant staph, Rice Memorial Hospital has begun screening newly admitted patients for the bacteria.

The local rate of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is not high, said Barb Piasecki, the infection control nurse at Rice Hospital.

"We're lower than the national average," she said. "However, we also realize we're part of the world. We may some day catch up."

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