Glen Tamura gtamura at u.washington.edu
Mon Dec 22 19:34:27 EST 1997

MRSE is extremely common - methicillin resistance is actually pretty
typical for Staphylococcus epidermidis. However, S. epidermidis is an
EXTREMELY low-grade pathogen - it causes very indolent infections, usually
in immunocompromised hosts with hardware (e.g. central venous catheters).
Thus we don't worry about it much...

Glen Tamura, M.D., Ph.D.

On Sun, 21 Dec 1997, Jim wrote:

> I am a lab tech who has specialized in heme/onc for the past few
> years. Recently, I have been working every other weekend for a 
> lab that caters to nursing homes. Most of the work I do is Micro.
> Micro is certainly not my specialty.
> I was amazed at the amount of MRSA that I was growing (usually
> on wounds). Lately, I have been growing mass amounts of 
> Staff Epi (usually in the eye) that is resistant to oxacillin. I have
> been told to report it as MRSE, yet it is not to be treated as a
> "panic" situation,  as MRSA is.
> Can someone comment on this bug...............
> Jim

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