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The changing landscape of VREfm in Victoria, Australia: a State-wide genomic snapshot

Robyn Lee, Anders Gonçalves da Silva, Sarah Baines, Janet Strachan, Susan Ballard, Glen Carter, Jason Kwong, Mark Schultz, Dieter Bulach, Torsten Seemann, Timothy Stinear, Benjamin Howden

Published : 2018


Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) represent a major source of nosocomial infection worldwide. In Australia, the vanB genotype is dominant; however there has been a recent increase in the predominantly plasmid-encoded vanA genotype, prompting investigation into the genomic epidemiology of VREfm in this context. Materials and Methods A cross-sectional study of VREfm in Victoria, Australia (Nov.10 th - Dec.9 th , 2015). A total of 321 VREfm isolates (from 286 patients) were collected and whole-genome sequenced with Illumina NextSeq. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were used to assess relatedness. Multi-locus sequence types (STs), and genes associated with resistance and v..

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