Helio is reporting a case report published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society highlights the first pediatric case in the U.S. of a catheter-associated bloodstream infection called Enterococcus hirae. Dr. John Williams, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and colleagues reviewed the cases of E. hirae infection in adults globally and found only 13 reported cases. The 7-month-old premature infant who contracted the infection was treated with vancomycin and gentamicin with adjunctive vancomycin lock therapy but was switched when the first treatment failed to dual beta-lactam therapy of ampicillin and ceftriaxone with synergistic gentamicin, which cleared the infection.
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