MRSA Outbreak Hits Pennsylvania Hospital

July 3, 2019

Six newborns have contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at University of Pittsburg Medical Center Children’s Hospital, CNN reports. The MRSA infection, which also affected six hospital staff members, is linked to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Hospital officials have put isolation protocols in place to help eliminate the spread of the disease and are ramping up infection control procedures, such as thorough cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces. As MRSA cannot be eliminated with soap and water, cleaning protocols usually involve the use of disinfecting products containing bleach, phenolic, and quaternary ammonium compounds (quats).