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Recurrent Vancomycin-Resistant <i>Enterococcus</i> Bacteremia: Prevalence, Predisposing Factors, and Strain Relatedness

Joseph Baran, Kathleen M. Riederer, Jambunathan Ramanathan and Riad Khatib

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 9, pages 1381-1383
Published in print May 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/319996
Recurrent Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus Bacteremia: Prevalence, Predisposing Factors, and Strain Relatedness

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We studied the prevalence of recurrent vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bacteremia, predisposing factors, and strain relatedness during a 3 year period at our institution. Of 36 inpatients who had episodes of bacteremia, 3 (8.3%) had recurrent episodes. Predisposing factors were mucositis and neutropenia (1 patient) and chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis (2). Recurrent episodes separated by ⩽3 months were caused by identical or related strains, and those at greater intervals by distinct strains. Recurrent VRE bacteremia is uncommon.

Journal Article.  1842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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