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Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Shmuel Benenson (a1), Matan J. Cohen (a2), Colin Block (a1), Sagit Stern (a3), Yuval Weiss (a4), Allon E. Moses (a1) and JIRMI Group...


Knowledge of the prevalence rates and associated risk markers of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) colonization among long-term care facility (LTCF) residents could be used to improve screening policies among newly admitted hospital inpatients. In a cross-sectional survey among 1,215 residents of LTCFs in Jerusalem, the VRE carriage rate was 9.6%. Previous hospitalization and antibiotic treatment were associated with elevated VRE colonization rate. In contrast, moderate and severe levels of dependency and prolonged stay, in an LTCF were associated with a decrease in the VRE colonization rate.


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Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, POB 12000, Jerusalem 91120, Israel(


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