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Fecal carriage of vancomycin- and ampicillin-resistant Enterococci observed in Swedish adult patients with diarrhea but not among healthy subjects.
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PMID:  11669222     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a 1-y prospective study between 1 October 1996 and 30 September 1997, fecal samples from 786 adult patients with diarrhea and 203 healthy control subjects were screened for vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) and ampicillin-resistant Enterococci (ARE). The carriage rates of VRE and ARE were 0.4% and 6%, respectively among patients and 0% among controls. The 3 VRE isolates were all VanA and were obtained from patients who had been abroad (Thailand, Spain, France) within the previous 3 months. Thirteen of the 45 patients with ARE (29%) had been abroad within 2 weeks of the onset of diarrhea. These findings suggest a potential risk of introduction of antibiotic-resistant Enterococci in Swedish hospitals by patients receiving treatment for diarrhea after traveling abroad.
M B Olofsson; K J Pörnull; A Karnell; B Telander; B Svenungsson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0036-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-23     Completed Date:  2002-03-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0215333     Medline TA:  Scand J Infect Dis     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  659-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Immunology, Microbiology, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Ampicillin Resistance*
Carrier State / microbiology
Case-Control Studies
Cross Infection / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Diarrhea / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Enterococcus / drug effects,  isolation & purification*
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Sweden / epidemiology
Vancomycin Resistance*

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