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Additive Effect of Enterococcus faecium on Enterococcal Bloodstream Infections: A 14-Year Study in a Swiss Tertiary Hospital

  • Maja Weisser (a1), Selja Capaul (a2), Marc Dangel (a1), Luigia Elzi (a1), Esther Kuenzli (a1), Reno Frei (a2) and Andreas Widmer (a1)...

Abstract

We investigated whether an increase in enterococcal bloodstream infections (BSIs) depends on the emergence of Enterococcus faecium in an area with low vancomycin-resistant enterococci prevalence. From 1999 to 2012, a linear increase in E. faecium BSI rates (0.009 per 1,000 patient-days per year; P<.001) was noted. Enterococcus faecalis BSI rates remained stable.

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Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel, Switzerland (weisserm@uhbs.ch)

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