Alaska hospital sees MRSA outbreak in NICU

Fourteen infants in the Providence Alaska Medical Center have contracted mild to moderate infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus since March, and 17 other babies harbored the bacteria but did not get sick, state epidemiology expert Kim Porter reported. According to Porter, the bacteria in the neonatal intensive care unit originated from a single source and within the hospital. The hospital is taking additional precautions to stop MRSA spread, including a new 15- to 30-second hand-washing routine among providers who care for infected babies.

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