Outbreak of vancomycin-resistant enterococcus faecium clone ST796, Switzerland, December 2017 to April 2018

Nasstasja Wassilew, Helena M.B. Seth-Smith, Eveline Rolli, Yvonne Fietze, Carlo Casanova, Urs Führer, Adrian Egli, Jonas Marschall, Niccolò Buetti

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Abstract

A large outbreak of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) is affecting four hospitals in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, since December 2017. Of 89 cases identified as carriers, 77 (86.5%) VRE isolates were virtually indistinguishable using whole genome sequencing, and identified as multilocus sequence type (MLST) ST796. This clone, previously only described in Australia and New Zealand, is characterised by rapid spread and the ability to cause bloodstream infections. It requires a multifaceted infection prevention effort.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800351
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume23
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 19 2018

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