Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci Infection
Symptoms depend on where the infection is found. A person may have problems from a:
- Urinary tract infection
- Abdominal and pelvic infection
- Surgical wound infection
- Sepsis—an overreaction of the body to infection
- Endocarditis—an infection of the inside of the heart muscles and valves
- Meningitis—an infection of the layers that surround the brain and spinal cord
The goal is to treat the infection. This can be done with:
VRE infection can be treated with other antibiotics. The one that is chosen depends on the infection and how severe it is.
A person who has a catheter in place may have it removed. This lowers the risk of more infection.
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a (VRE Infection; Multiply-Resistant Enterococci)
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National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology https://www.cag-acg.org
Health Canada https://www.canada.ca
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