Comparative study of selective chromogenic (chromID VRE) and bile esculin agars for isolation and identification of vanB-containing vancomycin-resistant enterococci from feces and rectal swabs

Elizabeth A Grabsch, S Ghaly-Derias, Wei Gao, Benjamin Peter Howden

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The new chromogenic agar chromID VRE (cIDVRE; bioMerieux) was compared with bile esculin agar (BD) containing 6 mg/liter vancomycin for the detection of colonization with vanB-containing vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). At 48 h of incubation, the results obtained with both media were comparable. However, cIDVRE detected significantly more VRE at 24 h (39.3 versus 21.3 , P = 0.003), and its use may facilitate the timely implementation of infection control procedures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4034 - 4036
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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