MRSA Outbreak Kills Infant At Richmond Hospital

October 13, 2010

A Richmond hospital has reopened its neonatal intensive care unit after a staph bacteria outbreak claimed the life of one infant and sickened 10 others.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the MRSA outbreak shut
down the newborn intensive care unit at CJW Medical Center's
Chippenham hospital for five weeks. Hospital spokeswoman Karen
Nelson says one child died. The infant's name was not released.

The unit reopened Thursday after approval by the Richmond City
Health District and infection-control experts.

MRSA is short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas.
It's a staph bacteria that is resistant to certain kinds of
antibiotics.


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