A sudden increase in vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections was noted in 1998 in a tertiary care hospital in Korea. All of the VRE isolated in 1998 in the hospital were VanA type and most were multidrug-resistant Enterococcus faecium. The increase in VRE was probably due to the increased use of oral vancomycin to treat Clostridium difficile infections and clonal as well as horizontal spread. More restricted oral vancomycin use and stricter infection control measures are required to achieve a better control of the spread of VRE.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Microbiology (medical)
- Pharmacology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases