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Illinois state senators on Friday passed legislation that would make staph infections compensable under rebuttable presumptions for firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
H.B. 3662, which passed the General Assembly in April, adds staph infection, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, to the state’s already existing law on blood-borne pathogens, respiratory diseases, heart diseases, hypertension, cancers and other illnesses.
If signed by the governor, the presumption would go into effect immediately.
Duty disability benefits have been denied to a police sergeant in New York who applied for workers compensation related to a spinal staph infection one doctor said originated from a burn to his finger suffered when his pinkie came in contact with the tailpipe of his police motorcycle, according to a New York appellate court decision published Thursday.