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Drug-resistant bug at care facility in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Berkeley County health officials have restricted short-term admissions at a personal care facility after patients showed symptoms of a drug-resistant infection.

Berkeley County health officer Dr. Diana Gaviria tells The Journal that the restrictions will remain in place at Heartland of Martinsburg until steps are taken to better address the problem and to prevent future occurrences.

Heartland spokeswoman Julie Beckett says residents at the Martinsburg facility have had symptoms of a bacteria infection known as CRKP.

The Centers for Disease Control says CRKP infections frequently are resistant to a majority of antibiotics.

Beckett says the facility is encouraging visitors to wash their hands and take other preventive measures to reduce exposure to the bacteria.

She says Heartland is confident these steps will help to curtail the infection.

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