First detection of vancomycin resistant enterococcus faecium in Latvia

Dace Rudzite, Arta Balode, Uga Dumpis, Edvins Miklaçevičs

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Enterococci have become one of the most important nosocomial pathogens in advanced treatment facilities. Though they are not considered as very pathogenic bacteria, their high levels of antimicrobial resistance are the subject of major concern. Particularly epidemiologically important are vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) due to high risk of transmission of vancomycin resistance genes to staphylococci. We describe the first outbreak of VRE in a Latvian multidisciplinary hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-236
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Enterococci
  • Nosocomial infections
  • Vancomycin

Field of Science*

  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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