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Revista chilena de infectología

versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018

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MELLA M., SERGIO et al. ISOLATION OF VANCOMYCIN RESISTANT Enterococcus faecium WITH GENOTYPE vanB AT THE HOSPITAL CLINICO REGIONAL DE CONCEPCIÓN. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2002, vol.19, n.1, pp.32-36. ISSN 0716-1018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182002000100005.

The antibiotic resistance among bacteria has increased during the last decades. Of particular importance was the report of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus isolates (VRE), recently described in our country. In this work we report the isolation of two strains of E. faecium resistant to vancomycin from colonized patients admitted to the Hospital Regional de Concepción. The phenotyping and genotyping studies gave positive results for VanB type of vancomycin resistance. Both strains showed genetic similarity when were molecular typed by rep-PCR. Interestingly, the isolation of this strains was previous to the isolation of VRE according to the protocols delineated by the Health Ministry. This difference may be explained by the risk factors exhibited by the colonized patients.

Palabras clave : Enterococcus faecium; Vancomycin resistance.

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