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Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) is a bacterium that is not dangerous to an individual unless it gets into your urinary tract or an open wound; it then becomes life threatening. VRE is a leading cause of meningitis and urinary tract infections. If you become infected with this disease while in surgery it could kill you.
A person can be a carrier of the VRE germ and pass it on to others but not get sick themselves. This particular disease is very contagious and people most often get infected whilst in hospital. The mortality rate for this disease is around 40%.
Symptoms of VRE include:
New antimicrobials, such as linezolid and quinupristin and dalfopristin, are available for treatment of VRE infection
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