ENTEROCOCCI : TRANSITION FROM NORMAL FLORA TO A COMMON NOSOCOMIAL PATHOGEN

International Journal of Innovative Medicine and Health Science, Vol. 4, 2015, 24-32

Niharika Lall, Silpi Basak

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Enterococcus species were considered as harmless commensals for many years. But today they have become one of the most common nosocomial pathogens. This review highlights the need for a greater understanding of this genus, including its ecology, virulence factors and epidemiology, to justify this dramatic change.

Key Words: Enterococci, Virulence factors, Antibiotic Resistance, Nosocomial Pathogen