Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium: catheter colonization, esp gene, and decreased susceptibility to antibiotics in biofilm.

@article{Raad2005VancomycinresistantEF,
  title={Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium: catheter colonization, esp gene, and decreased susceptibility to antibiotics in biofilm.},
  author={Issam I. Raad and Hend A Hanna and Maha R Boktour and Gassan Chaiban and Ray Y. Hachem and Tanya L Dvorak and Russell F Lewis and Barbara E. Murray},
  journal={Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy},
  year={2005},
  volume={49 12},
  pages={5046-50}
}
To evaluate the molecular characteristics and antibiotic susceptibility in biofilm of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) organisms that had caused catheter-related VREF bacteremia (VREF-CRB), we compared 22 isolates causing bacteremia obtained from patients with VREF-CRB with 30 isolates from control patients with gastrointestinal colonization by VREF. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, we identified 17 unique strains among the 22 VREF-CRB isolates and 23 strains among the… CONTINUE READING