Journal article

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

EA Grabsch, S Ghaly-Derias, W Gao, BP Howden

J. Clin. Microbiol. | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2008


The new chromogenic agar chromID VRE (cIDVRE; bioMérieux) 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.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

cIDVREwas provided by bioMerieux. bioMerieux Australia Pty. Ltd. provided partial financial support to one author ( E. A. G.) to attend the Australian Society for Antimicrobials Annual Meeting, 2008.