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Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jun 15;36(12):1609-12. Epub 2003 Jun 6.

Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus with phenotypic susceptibility to methicillin in a patient with recurrent bacteremia.

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Acute Disease Epidemiology Section and Division of Public Health Laboratories, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, MN, USA.


Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) are an emerging problem. We observed a statistically significant inverse relationship in the MICs of vancomycin and oxacillin in S. aureus isolates from a patient undergoing hemodialysis who received 26 weeks of treatment with vancomycin during November 1999 through April 2000. All isolates were mecA positive and were indistinguishable by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The evolving susceptibility patterns of this strain highlight the challenges of detecting and treating VISA infections.

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