By Brenda Waters

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – UPMC has confirmed a dozen cases of MRSA at the UPMC Children’s Hospital.

Six NICU patients, as well as six employees, have tested positive for MRSA, according to a statement from UPMC. One of the patients that tested positive for MRSA is potentially symptomatic.

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All NICU patients have been tested, and several staff members have come forward with potential symptoms, the hospital reported.

The CDC’s website says that MRSA is a cause of staph infection that is difficult to treat because it’s resistant to some antibiotics.

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UPMC says that it’s following CDC protocol and guidelines. It says isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place. In a healthcare environment, the CDC says MRSA can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and surgical site infections.

UPMC has also notified the Allegheny County Health Department and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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The State Department of Health is in consultation with UPMC.