comparison of multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis in a setting of polyclonal endemicity of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus order to assess whether multiple-locus-variable number tandem repeat analysis (mlva) could replace pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (pfge) for genotyping vancomycin-resistant isolates of enterococcus faecium (vref), this study compared the typeability, discriminatory power, concordance and costs of these methods for vref isolates obtained from patients, environmental samples and the hands of healthcare workers (hcws) in a medical intensive care unit (icu) where vref was endemic. over a 58-day ...200818261124
use of gaseous ozone for eradication of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus from the home environment of a colonized hospital intensive care nurse with eczema was repeatedly treated for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa) carriage. because cultures remained positive for mrsa, her house was investigated. thirty-four percent of environmental samples yielded mrsa. her children and cat were free of mrsa. the house was decontaminated with gaseous ozone. all subsequent cultures were negative for mrsa. this decontamination cost euros 2,000 (approximately dollars 2,400).200617006820
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