NOTE: A surveillance case definition is a set of uniform criteria used to define a disease for public health surveillance. Surveillance case definitions enable public health officials to classify and count cases consistently across reporting jurisdictions. Surveillance case definitions are not intended to be used by healthcare providers for making a clinical diagnosis or determining how to meet an individual patient’s health needs.
Staphylococcus aureus can produce a variety of syndromes with clinical manifestations including skin and soft tissue lesions, empyema, pyarthrosis, bloodstream infection, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, endocarditis, sepsis, and meningitis.
A clinically compatible case of vancomycin-intermediate or vancomycin-resistant S. aureus that is laboratory-confirmed (MIC: 8-16 µg/ml for VISA and MIC: ≥32 µg/ml for VRSA).
Data to be collected: A standardized data collection form should be used for all reported vancomycin-intermediate or vancomycin-resistant S. aureus through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. * National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards