MRSA infects 10 infants at UC Irvine Medical Center ICU: 5 key points

Throughout an eight-month period, 10 infants at UC Irvine Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit tested positive for the same Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain, according to The OCR.

Here are five key points:

1. The most recent MRSA case occurred in March. Officials reported the first UCI infection in August 2016.

2. Four UC Irvine employees positive for the MRSA strain but the strain did not infect any of the employees. UC Irvine said all four employees test negative for MRSA at this point in time.

3. Marian Hollingsworth, a member of California's Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee, filed a complaint to the California Department of Public Health about the MRSA outbreak. She said her main concern is with the county health officials and the hospital failing to alert the public about the infections.

4. The California Department of Public Health found the medical center did not violate any regulations in an April 3 inspection report.

5. In a statement, UC Irvine said the hospital successfully treated all the infants with antibiotics and topical medicines. The hospital also stated it has conducted repeated deep cleaning and decolonized staff members since the most recent MRSA case and is screening all infants for MRSA upon admission and weekly until discharge.

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