|Description:||This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a cluster of paired, or diplococcal vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imagery.|
Enterococci cause a range of illnesses, mostly among patients receiving healthcare, but include bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and urinary tract infections.
Enterococcus often cause infections among very sick patients in hospitals and other healthcare-settings. Some Enterococcus strains are resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic of last resort, leaving few or no treatment options. About 20,000 (or 30%) of Enterococcus healthcare-associated infections are vancomycin resistant.