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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.

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

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