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Emergence of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecium at an Australian Hospital: A Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis


Leong, KWC and Cooley, LA and Anderson, TL and Gautam, SJ and McEwan, B and Wells, A and Wilson, F and Hughson, L and O'Toole, RF, Emergence of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecium at an Australian Hospital: A Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis, Scientific Reports, 8 Article 6274. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24614-6


In 2015, a marked increase in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREfm) isolation was detected at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Australia. The primary objective of this work was to examine the dynamics of VREfm transmission using whole genome data mapped to public health surveillance information. Screening and clinical isolates of VREfm from patients were typed for the specific vancomycin-resistance locus present. Of total isolates collected from 20142016 (n = 222), 15.3% and 84.7% harboured either the vanA or the vanB vancomycin-resistance locus, respectively. Whole-genome sequencing of 80 isolates was performed in conjunction with single-nucleotide polymorphic (SNP) analysis and in silico multi-locus sequence typing (MLST). Among the isolates sequenced, 5 phylogenetic clades were identified. The largest vanB clade belonged to MLST sequence type ST796 and contained clinical isolates from VREfm infections that clustered closely with isolates from colonised patients. Correlation of VREfm genotypes with spatio-temporal patient movements detected potential points of transmission within the hospital. ST80 emerged as the major vanA sequence type for which the most likely index case of a patient cluster was ascertained from SNP analyses. This work has identified the dominant clones associated with increased VREfm prevalence in a healthcare setting, and their likely direction of transmission.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:antibiotic resistance, Enterococcus faecium, vancomycin resistant enterococci, whole genome sequencing
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Leong, KWC (Mr Kelvin Leong)
UTAS Author:Cooley, LA (Dr Louise Cooley)
UTAS Author:Gautam, SJ (Mr Sanjay Gautam)
UTAS Author:O'Toole, RF (Dr Ronan O'Toole)
ID Code:125510
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-04-20
Last Modified:2022-08-26
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