oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Emergence of reduced susceptibility to glycopeptides in a strain causing infection in a neonate : case study

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Failure of therapy for infection caused by with reduced susceptibility to glycopeptides is well recorded. Methicillin-resistant (MRSA) with reduced susceptibility to the glycopeptides was isolated from an infant on vancomycin treatment at Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa. This was associated with the clinical failure of vancomycin therapy. Strain typing demonstrated that this strain was descended from the original infecting organism, and that decreased susceptibility to the glycopeptides developed during vancomycin therapy in this patient. This may be related to inadequate dosing and dosing intervals.

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