Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in neonatal intensive care unit

Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Mar;11(3):453-6. doi: 10.3201/eid1103.040470.


A neonatal intensive care unit outbreak was caused by a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus previously found in the community (ST45-MRSA-IV). Fifteen infected neonates were identified, 2 of whom died. This outbreak illustrates how a rare community pathogen can rapidly spread through nosocomial transmission.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal*
  • Israel / epidemiology
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcus aureus / genetics*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents