Vancomycin-resistant enterococci - hospital

Super-bugs; VRE; Gastroenteritis - VRE; Colitis - VRE; Hospital acquired infection - VRE

Enterococcus is a germ (bacteria). It normally lives in the intestines and in the female genital tract.

Most of the time, it does not cause problems. But Enterococcus can cause an infection if it gets into the urinary tract, bloodstream, or skin wounds.

Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat these infections. Antibiotics are medicines that are used to kill bacteria.

Enterococcus germs that vancomycin does not kill are called vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). VRE can be hard to treat because there are fewer antibiotics that can fight the bacteria. Most VRE infections occur in hospitals.

Who is Most at Risk for VRE?

Preventing the Spread of VRE in the Hospital

Treating VRE Infections