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Mother and baby contract MRSA


28 April, 2008  

A UK hospital has confirmed that a mother and her newborn baby have contracted MRSA.

Razvana Ali, 19, was diagnosed with the hospital superbug after her daughter was delivered by caesarean section at Bradford Royal Infirmary in February.

Mrs Ali suspected baby Marwha had contracted the same bug when she developed a rash on her body which began oozing.

Eventually it was confirmed Marwha had contracted the superbug.

A spokeswoman for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Cases of MRSA in mums and babies are very rare and are taken extremely seriously by the foundation trust.

“It is quite common for babies to develop rashes, which can be a symptom of many illnesses.

“As soon as we suspected that baby Marwha had MRSA, we immediately gave her some antibiotics through a drip and arranged for an appropriate transfer, as our children’s wards were experiencing a high volume of patients.”

Now Mrs Ali and her husband Mohammed, 28, of Little Horton, want to know why it took more than two months for the diagnosis of MRSA to be made for their baby who was born on February 5.

Mrs Ali said: “I was gutted when I found out about my little one because I had been saying for two weeks I thought she had MRSA as well, but no one took any notice of me.”

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