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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.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Archer
Creation Date:2013
Photo Credit:U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Medical Illustrator
Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP); Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs): Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) in Healthcare Settings
CDC – CDC News Room; Digital Press Kit: i>”Untreatable: Today’s Drug-Resistant Health Threats”
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