Background: Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are important nosocomial pathogens in many hospitals. The true prevalence of VRE in pediatric hospitals is not known. Methods: A surveillance study was performed at a pediatric tertiary care medical center by using vancomycin-containing screening media. Results: Six children (of 112 screened) were found to be colonized with VRE. Colonized patients had a history of receiving broad- spectrum antimicrobial agents. Conclusion: In the absence of VRE infections, surveillance studies can help determine the extent of VRE colonization and support infection control measures.
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- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases