Clinical and Laboratory Characteristics of Invasive Infections Due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Isolates Demonstrating a Vancomycin MIC of 2 Micrograms per Milliliter: Lack of Effect of Heteroresistant Vancomycin-Intermediate S. aureus Phenotype

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia 30033, USA.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.99). 02/2011; 49(4):1583-7. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01719-10
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We describe clinical and laboratory characteristics of invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections with vancomycin MICs of 2 μg/ml and compare heteroresistant-intermediate S. aureus (hVISA) to non-hVISA. Health care-associated community-onset infections were the most common and resulted in frequent complications and relapses. hVISA-infected patients were more likely to have been hospitalized in the year prior to MRSA culture.

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