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Vancomycin resistant staphylococcus reported in Hong Kong

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:626
  1. Joanne McManus
  1. Hong Kong

    Hong Kong's first case of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus was reported last week.

    Hong Kong is the fourth country-after Japan, the United States, and France (27 February, p 557)-to report a case of Staphylococcus aureus resistant to vancomycin. The patient, a middle aged woman with cancer, was admitted in June 1998 to Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, with a fever. She died of bacteraemia after two weeks of treatment had failed to control the infection.

    Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University …

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