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Three MRSA cases confirmed at Daimler Trucks plant

Matt Parker with Hyperformance Graphics applies a decal to the 3,000,000th truck produced at Daimler's Cleveland, N.C., plant in this picture from August 2014.
Matt Parker with Hyperformance Graphics applies a decal to the 3,000,000th truck produced at Daimler's Cleveland, N.C., plant in this picture from August 2014. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Daimler Trucks North America verified Wednesday that three confirmed cases of the MRSA “superbug” have been documented at its manufacturing plant in the Rowan County community of Cleveland.

“The North Carolina Health Department has advised that this matter does not require special attention,” the company said in a statement. “However, precautionary measures have been taken at the facility including complete sanitation of work areas and bathrooms in proximity to those affected.

“All plant workers have been informed about health best practices to greatly reduce the likelihood of contracting the infection,” the company said, adding that it will not comment further about the cases.

MRSA is short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A strain of the common “staph” bacteria that causes infections in different parts of the body, MRSA is sometimes called a superbug because it doesn’t respond to many antibiotics.

Most MRSA infections are minor, although some can be life-threatening.

Daimler Trucks North America is based in Portland, Ore. Its Cleveland, N.C., plant opened in 1989 and is the company’s largest Freightliner Trucks-brand manufacturing plant in the country, according to the company’s website.

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