Newborns, moms infected after stay at St. Catherine’s
By Roni Rabin, October 9, 2003
Two newborns developed antibiotic-resistant staph infections just days after being born at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown in August, and their mothers also were infected, state Health Department officials have confirmed.
Another baby born at St. Catherine also was diagnosed with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, just weeks after his birth May 23, his mother, Kelley Gould of St. James, said. St. Catherine officials said through a spokesman that there was no evidence Gould’s infection originated in the hospital.
All of the infected babies were boys who were circumcised at the hospital, though their infections were not in the wounds but on the skin on different parts of their bodies, their mothers said. They were all treated with Clindamycin, a powerful antibiotic, and as a result may face an increased risk of incurring additional antibiotic-resistant infections, the mothers said.
A Special Statement from Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.) warns of increasing dangers of newborn circumcision including MRSA