Outbreak of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus faecium in a neonatal intensive care unit

Mark Edmund Rupp, N. Marion, Paul D Fey, David Lloyd Bolam, Peter Charles Iwen, C. M. Overfelt, L. Chapman

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An outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium involving 28 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit was observed. Successful control of the outbreak was achieved following use of patient and staff cohorting, contact isolation precautions, patient and environmental surveillance cultures, environmental decontamination, molecular typing, introduction of an alcohol-based hand disinfectant, and decreased use of vancomycin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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