Zero Prevalence of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci Among Swedish Preschool Children
2015 (English)In: Microbial Drug Resistance, ISSN 1076-6294, E-ISSN 1931-8448, Vol. 21, no 1, 65-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: Enterococci are a natural part of the bacterial flora of humans, animals, and insects and are frequently found in the community. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) have emerged as a growing problem, associated with high morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of VRE among healthy Swedish preschool children and ascertain whether they constitute a reservoir for the bacteria.
Methods: In total, 313 individual diapers were collected from preschools in Uppsala, Sweden. Fecal samples were screened by analyzing the color change in a broth followed by polymerase chain reaction for vanA and vanB genes, which are associated with vancomycin resistance.
Results: Neither vanA nor vanB genes could be detected from the samples.
Conclusions: Preschool children in Uppsala do not constitute a reservoir for VRE. The zero prevalence is consistent with the overall decline in VRE prevalence in Sweden during the last years.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 21, no 1, 65-68 p.
Microbiology in the medical area
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237456DOI: 10.1089/mdr.2014.0043ISI: 000349013000009PubMedID: 25140598OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237456DiVA: diva2:768036