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
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY | 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.
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.