Characterizing Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci in Neonatal Intensive Care
Published Date:Sep 2005
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 11(9):1470-1472.
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Description:Repetitive sequence-based polymerase chain reaction fingerprinting was used to characterize 23 vancomycin-nonsusceptible enterococcal isolates from 2003 to 2004. Five genetically related clusters spanned geographically distinct referring centers. DNA fingerprinting showed infant-to-infant transmission from referring institutions. Thus, community healthcare facilities are a source of vancomycin-nonsusceptible enterococci and should be targeted for increased infection control efforts.
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