When you visit a hospital, you’re putting your health in its hands, and the hospital has an obligation to protect you from hospital-borne infections, such as Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE), a type of bacterial infection that can cause dangerous infections in the bloodstream, urinary tract, catheter insertion sites or wounds.
In the past, this type of bacteria was susceptible to Vancomycin, a type of antibiotic, but in recent years a more aggressive strain of the bacteria has developed a resistance. This type of infection is particularly dangerous to patients who have a decreased ability to fight infection or have been in the hospital for an extended period of time. Exposure to VRE can cause serious illnesses or even death.
The symptoms of a VRE infection can vary depending on where the infection occurs, which can make a VRE infection hard to diagnose.
While these symptoms can be helpful indicators of an infection, the only way to know for sure is through a lab test. Accordingly, a lab test is recommended.
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