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Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

Enterococci are bacteria that are commonly found in the human digestive tract and female genital tract but do not pose a threat to healthy people. Infections occur more commonly in people who are in hospitals or other healthcare facilities and who may be more susceptible to infection. Healthcare providers commonly use the antibiotic vancomycin to treat infections, but upon exposure, some bacteria will develop or acquire resistance to vancomycin.

Content last reviewed on March 8, 2012