Excretion of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci by Wild Mammals

  title={Excretion of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci by Wild Mammals},
  author={David J. P. Mallon and John E. Corkill and Sarah M. Hazel and Jeremy S. Wilson and Nigel P French and Malcolm Bennett and Charles A. Hart},
  booktitle={Emerging infectious diseases},
A survey of fecal samples found enterococcal excretion in 82% of 388 bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus), 92% of 131 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus), and 75% of 165 badgers (Meles meles). Vancomycin-resistant enterococci, all Enterococcus faecium of vanA genotype, were excreted by 4.6% of the woodmice and 1.2% of the badgers, but by none of the bank voles. 

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