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Infection Control: VRE

What is Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)?

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 used to treat some drug-resistant 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.

What types of infections does VRE cause?

VRE can live in the human intestines and female genital tract without causing disease (often called colonization). However, sometimes it can cause infections of the urinary tract, the bloodstream, or of wounds associated with catheters or surgical procedures.

Are certain people at risk of getting VRE?

The following persons are at increased risk becoming infected with VRE:

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