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Father-to-Infant Transmission of Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2016

Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq*
Internal Medicine Services Division, Dhahran Health Center, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
P. O. Box 76, Room A-420, Building 61, Dhahran Health Center, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran 31311, Saudi Arabia (


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.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2006

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