Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics, including vancomycin.
These bacteria live in our intestines and on our skin. They usually don't cause problems. But sometimes they cause infection. This can occur anywhere in the body. Some common sites include the intestines, the urinary tract, and wounds.
For some people, especially those who are weak or ill, these infections can become serious.
VRE can spread from person to person. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has VRE. This could be anyone in a health care setting or in the community.
If you are healthy, your chances of getting VRE are very low.
Symptoms of a VRE infection depend on where the infection is:
You may also:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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