Laurel Inmate Death Caused by Superbug Infection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LONDON, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky jail inmate's death certificate says she died from an untreated pneumonia caused by an infection that can be resistant to antibiotics.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says 28-year-old Cortney Beldon Hensley, who died in March after being held at the Laurel County Detention Center, was sickened by a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus called MRSA 300.

Health officials say one other death from MRSA 300 occurred at a Laurel County hospital in March, but no other inmates were infected.

Jailer Jamie Mosley says steps have been taken to guard against spreading infection and cameras were added to enhance monitoring.

Hensley's family said they wish more had been done for her. But Mosley said while Hensley was treated for back pain, she hadn't complained of flu or pneumonia symptoms.


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