What are VRE Infections?

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VRE Infections – VRE also known as Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) Infection which is a antimicrobial-resistant bacteria that are resistant to vancomycin, the drug often used to treat infections caused by enterococci.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , 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. Most vancomycin-resistant Enterococci infections occur in hospitals.

VRE Infections- What are the two types of vancomycin resistance in enterococci?

According to the CDC – there are the two types of VRE infections vancomycin resistance in enterococci. The first type is intrinsic resistance. Isolates of Enterococcus gallinarum and E. casseliflavus/E. flavescens demonstrate an inherent, low-level resistance to vancomycin. The second type of vancomycin resistance in enterococci is acquired resistance. Enterococci can become resistant to vancomycin by acquisition of genetic information from another organism. Most commonly, this resistance is seen in E. faecium and E. faecalis, but also has been recognized in E. raffinosus, E. avium, E. durans, and several other enterococcal species. According to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 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.

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