PITTSBURGH (AP) — A children’s hospital in western Pennsylvania says a dozen people — including six babies — are being treated for the antibiotic-resistant staph infection known as MRSA.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says the young patients are in the Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Staff with potential symptoms came forward and six were confirmed to have the infection.
UPMC says all NICU patients have been tested and one patient may have symptoms of illness. Some test results aren’t final and UPMC says it will provide updates as they are available.
The hospital says it has notified the Allegheny County and state health departments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says about 5% of patients in U.S. hospitals carry MRSA in their nose or on their skin.