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Enterococcal blood stream infections are the third most common among all nosocomial blood stream infections in the United States and the occurrence of glycopeptide (vancomycin, teicoplanin) resistance in these isolates has markedly increased. Control of hospital-acquired infections with vancomycin-resistant enterococci requires high quality antimicrobial… (More)
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Vancomycin resistance among enterococci has recently been recognized. Synergy between vancomycin and penicillin has been shown in vitro for isolates of Enterococcus faecium resistant to both of these antibiotics. We describe three isolates of vancomycin-resistant E. faecium which demonstrate unique phenotypic characteristics. The isolates exhibited… (More)