Shurtleff released from hospital

Mark Shurtleff (R)

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was released from a hospital late Monday after doctors determined he is not suffering from a potentially deadly infection.

The Republican attorney general has developed a staph infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics.

Lab tests showed the infection was not methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial strain of staph that's resistant to a broad spectrum of antibiotics.

Doctors at University Hospital performed surgery Monday to be sure the infection had not spread to the plates and screws in Shurtleff's leg, placed last year after he injured his left leg in a motorcycle crash.

On Sept. 22, he crashed while test-driving a Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle for the "Fall Ride for Fallen Officers" charity ride benefiting the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

Because of the current infection, Shurtleff has been forced to cancel his June 30 trip to Israel.

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