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 or other sterile sites.

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

Enterococci germs can become resistant to vancomycin and therefore the bacteria are not killed. These resistant bacteria are called vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). VRE can be hard to treat because fewer antibiotics are effective at fighting the bacteria. Most VRE infections occur in hospitals.


Bacterial infections can lead to the formation of pus, or to the spread of the bacteria in the blood.

Who is Most at Risk for VRE?

Preventing the Spread of VRE in the Hospital

Treating VRE Infections