Vancomycin-resistant enterococci: why are they here, and where do they come from?

  title={Vancomycin-resistant enterococci: why are they here, and where do they come from?},
  author={Marc J. M. Bonten and Rob J. L. Willems and Robert A. Weinstein},
  journal={The Lancet. Infectious diseases},
  volume={1 5},
Vancomcyin-resistant enterococci (VRE) have emerged as nosocomial pathogens in the past 10 years, causing epidemiological controversy. In the USA, colonisation with VRE is endemic in many hospitals and increasingly causes infection, but colonisation is absent in healthy people. In Europe, outbreaks still happen sporadically, usually with few serious infections, but colonisation seems to be endemic in healthy people and farm animals. Vancomycin use has been much higher in the USA, where… CONTINUE READING
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