Father-to-infant transmission of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a neonatal intensive care unit

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Jun;27(6):636-7. doi: 10.1086/505097. Epub 2006 May 25.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is increasingly being recognized as a cause of community-acquired infection. Its transmission in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has reportedly been linked to a few cases of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) infection. Here, I describe a case of CA-MRSA transmission from a father to his child in a NICU. Recognition that CA-MRSA may be transmitted in a hospital setting raises important issues for MRSA infection control and treatment options.

MeSH terms

  • Community-Acquired Infections / microbiology
  • Community-Acquired Infections / transmission
  • Fathers
  • Female
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / therapy
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia-Ischemia, Brain / complications
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
  • Male
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Patient Transfer
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / transmission*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*