Increasing Linezolid-resistant Enterococcus in a Children’s Hospital

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We report a reduction in susceptibility to linezolid among Enterococcus isolates (98% in 2007 vs. 46% in 2014) in parallel with a 5-fold increase in linezolid use. A direct association could not be established as the majority of patients with linezolid nonsusceptible isolates did not have prior linezolid exposure. Nosocomial transmission of the nonsusceptible isolates could certainly have contributed.

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