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vancomycin-eating bacteria

A. Seoane seoaneb at yahoo.com
Mon May 8 13:32:13 EST 2000

I think you are talking about the well known
vancomycin-dependent enterococci. Try MedLine to get
more information about them. By the way, they do not
"eat" the antibiotic; they require it as a cell-wall
synthesis-enzyme inductor.

Clinical Microbiologist
--- Frank <fphillips at mail.utexas.edu> wrote:
> I know someone who works at a hospital in
> Brownsville, Texas who says
> they have bacteria that are not only resistant to
> vancomycin, but
> actually eat and grow off the stuff. Is this common?

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