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Staphylococcus resistant to vancomycin emerges

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:557
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Researchers have reported the first three cases in the United States of infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic often reserved to fight these infections when no other agent is effective.

    To date, a total of four strains of S aureus intermediately resistant to vancomycin have been documented worldwide, the first in Japan in 1996.

    Certain common factors in the …

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