Emergence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in Switzerland: a nation-wide survey

Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2019 Jan 17:8:16. doi: 10.1186/s13756-019-0466-x. eCollection 2019.


This nation-wide survey on the epidemiology of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) included 142 healthcare institutions and showed an increasing number of VRE colonizations and infections in Switzerland, probably for the most part due to nosocomial dissemination. The introduction and spread of a new clone, gaps in VRE screening policies as well as heterogeneity regarding the management of VRE clusters may be possible explanations.

Keywords: Hospital-acquired; Nosocomial; Outbreak; ST796; VRE; Vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / microbiology
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Vancomycin / pharmacology
  • Vancomycin Resistance
  • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci / classification
  • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci / drug effects
  • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci / genetics
  • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci / isolation & purification*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Vancomycin