Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

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Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci

Enteroccocci are bacteria that are normally present in the human intestines and in the female genital tract and are often found in the environment. These bacteria can sometimes cause infections. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat infections caused by enterococci. In some instances, enterococci have become resistant to this drug and thus are called vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Most VRE infections occur in hospitals.

VRE is not a reportable condition.

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Overview, background and general information of VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci).