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Vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus reported

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:697
  1. Debbie Josefson
  1. San Francisco

The United States Centers for Disease Control have reported the emergence of a strain of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Two cases have been documented in the US so far, and they follow the appearance of the first known case of vancomycin resistant S aureus earlier this year in Japan. The resistant isolates occurred in patients receiving multiple courses of vancomycin and other antibiotics for illnesses such …

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