Nosocomial spread of Enterococcus faecium resistant to vancomycin and linezolid in a tertiary care medical center.

Academic Article


  • In May 2004 our institution encountered its first clinical isolate of linezolid-resistant, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (LRVRE). Between October 2004 and July 2005, 40 patients from whom LRVRE organisms were recovered in clinical specimens were characterized. Epidemiologic investigation and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns indicated a clonal outbreak related to nosocomial spread.
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  • Academic Medical Centers, Acetamides, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alabama, Anti-Infective Agents, Cross Infection, Disease Outbreaks, Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial, Electrophoresis, Gel, Pulsed-Field, Enterococcus faecium, Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections, Humans, Linezolid, Microbial Sensitivity Tests, Middle Aged, Oxazolidinones, Vancomycin, Vancomycin Resistance
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    Author List

  • Dobbs TE; Patel M; Waites KB; Moser SA; Stamm AM; Hoesley CJ
  • Start Page

  • 3368
  • End Page

  • 3370
  • Volume

  • 44
  • Issue

  • 9