Comparative in vitro activity of vancomycin and other antimicrobial agents against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecium in the Tohoku district of Japan

Afzalunnessa Binte Lutfor, Toru Kikuchi, Yutaka Tokue, Hiroshi Takahashi, Satoru Shoji, Shigeru Fujimura, Toshihiro Nukiwa, Akira Watanabe

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    Abstract

    Susceptibility patterns of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterococcus faecium obtained from various hospitals of the Tohoku district were documented. MICs of 6 antimicrobial agents against a total of 480 strains (380 strains were MRSA and 100 were E. faecium) were estimated. All MRSAs were susceptible to vancomycin, teicoplanin and quinupristin/dalfopristin, but all of them were resistant to ampicillin and benzylpenicillin. None of the E. faecium strains were found to be resistant to vancomycin, teicoplanin and quinupristin/dalfopristin. Excluding these, almost all strains of E. faecium were resistant to the remaining drugs. These data suggest that despite the emergence of vancomycin resistance to E. faecium in Europe and in the United States, vancomycin, teicoplanin and quinupristin/dalfopristin will nevertheless provide effective bactericidal activity in the Tohoku area of Japan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)318-323
    Number of pages6
    JournalChemotherapy
    Volume44
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 1

    Keywords

    • Enterococcus faecium
    • Methycillin-resitant Staphylococcus aureus
    • Quinupristin/dalfopristin
    • Teicoplanin
    • Vancomycin

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Pharmacology
    • Drug Discovery
    • Pharmacology (medical)
    • Infectious Diseases

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