Law adds MRSA to Chicago firefighters’ disability benefits

  • Source: Illinois State Democrats
  • Published: 06/14/2022 12:00 AM

A measure sponsored by State Senator Sara Feigenholtz will allow Chicago firefighters to add MRSA to the list of occupational disease disability benefits if they contract the infection on duty. “In recent years, firefighters have seen increased staph infections, including MRSA,” said Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). “Including MRSA on the list of covered protections for firefighters will aid in stopping the spread of the infection.” The new law aligns Chicago firefighters with downstate firefighters by extending an occupational disease disability benefit to any active Chicago firefighter who has completed seven or more years of service and can’t perform their duties because of a contagious staph infection including MRSA. “Firefighters risk their lives daily and serve as our first responders in many situations,” Feigenholtz said.


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