Genetic analysis of multiple vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus isolates obtained serially from two long-term-care patients

DJ Schoonmaker
LH Bopp
AL Baltch
RP Smith

Abstract

Fifty eight vancomycin-resistant enterococcal isolates were obtained from two patients over 9 weeks, Numerous pulsed-field gel electrophoresis fingerprinting types were isolated from each patient. By PCR, all isolates were vanA(+). However, many isolates from patient B were found to lack vanA by hybridization, Our results demonstrate the importance of examining multiple isolates, especially from patients who are at high risk of infection.