VISA and VRSA Reporting

Cases of Vancomycin Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) and Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) should be reported immediately to the local or regional health department. If jurisdiction is unclear, call the DSHS HAI Epidemiologist or Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch (EAIDU) at 512-776-7676 for assistance.

As required by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), all Staphylococcus aureus isolates with a vancomycin MIC greater than 2 μg/ml must be submitted to the DSHS Laboratory (the laboratory can be reached at 512-776-7318).

  • Texas Department of State Health Services
    Laboratory Services Section
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756-3199

All reports of VISA and VRSA shall include patient name, date of birth or age, sex, city of submitter, anatomic site of culture, date of culture, and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) if available.