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Epidemiology of Enterococci in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Jennifer Duchon , MD, CM, Philip Graham III , MD, MSc, Phyllis Della‐Latta , PhD, MSc, Susan Whittier , PhD, Diane Carp , RN, MSN, David Bateman , MD, MPH and Lisa Saiman , MD, MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 4 (April 2008), pp. 374-376
DOI: 10.1086/533544
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/533544
Page Count: 3
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Epidemiology of Enterococci in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
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Abstract

We performed an epidemiological investigation of a 62‐bed neonatal intensive care unit in response to 2 infants with clinical cultures positive for vancomycin‐resistant enterococci (VRE). Surveillance cultures detected 11 infants colonized with VRE. Surveillance triggered by even a single clinical culture positive for VRE may be justified in the neonatal intensive care unit, because a single culture result may represent a large hidden reservoir of VRE‐colonized infants.

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