Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) first appeared in Europe during the 1980s. It rapidly spread to North America by the 1990s.
More than 50% of E. faecium in the United States are VRE.
E. faecalis tends to be susceptible to vancomycin.
Most frequent form of VRE infection: UTI, followed by catheter line associated bacteremia (i.e hemodialysis, central lines).
Treatment for VRE: daptomycin, linezolid, and tigecycline. Susceptible strains may be treated with ampicillin.
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