MSSA bug on babies closes Royal Derby Hospital unit

The neonatal intensive care unit at the Royal Derby Hospital has been closed to new admissions after the MSSA bug was found on the skin of some babies.

Although carried by about 30% of people and not as serious as MRSA, Meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) can cause infection.

Brigid Stacey, the hospital's director of nursing and midwifery, said a deep clean was under way.

Babies in the unit will have a special skin wash for five days.

"Over the past couple of months, we have had a few cases of MSSA colonisation on babies' skin.

"Analysis has shown that some of these cases are possibly linked so, as a precaution and to allow us to fully investigate, we are closing to new admissions," said Ms Stacey.

"Babies affected are clinically well but MSSA colonisation may become an infection, especially those in immuno-compromised."

She said an alternative facility to care for babies coming from the labour suite and needing resuscitation, had been set up.

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