Evaluation of Spectra VRE, a New Chromogenic Agar Medium Designed To Screen for Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium

Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 9200 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.99). 10/2010; 48(12):4627-9. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01676-10
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Spectra VRE (Remel, Lenexa, KS) is a chromogenic medium designed to recover and differentiate vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis (VRE). This medium was compared to bile esculin azide agar (BEAV) and was 98.2% sensitive and 99.3% specific compared to
BEAV, which was 87.6% sensitive and 87.1% specific at 24 h.

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