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Resistance of Enterococci to Ampicillin and Glycopeptide Antibiotics in Italy

Roberta Fontana, Marco Ligozzi, Annarita Mazzariol, Gianluca Veneri and Giuseppe Cornaglia

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 27, issue Supplement_1, pages S84-S86
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/514907
Resistance of Enterococci to Ampicillin and Glycopeptide Antibiotics in Italy

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We report the results of the monitoring of resistance to ampicillin, vancomycin, and teicoplanin in enterococci by an Italian network of clinical microbiology laboratories. A total of 16,226 strains were analyzed; 9,169 of these strains were Enterococcus faecalis, 913 were Enterococcus faecium, and 6,144 were Enterococcus species. The average rate of resistance to ampicillin was 1.9% (range, 0–6.5%) for E. faecalis and 70% (range, 33.3%–98.7%) for E. faecium; the average rate of resistance to vancomycin was 1.1% (range, 0.1%–2%) for E. faecalis and 8.5% (range, 0–36.1%) for E. faecium; and the average rate of resistance to teicoplanin was 0.8% (range, 0–2.4%) for E. faecalis and 8.7% (range, 0–36.1%) for E. faecium.

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

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