Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) (cont.)
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Research
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases (NIAID) funds laboratory research and clinical trials to address the
problem of antimicrobial
resistance. NIAID-funded research aims to develop better diagnostics,
treatments, and new vaccines that are effective against emerging infectious
agents, such as VRE.
NIAID grantees are studying the problem of antibiotic resistance among common
bacteria responsible for VRE infections. These projects include:
- Efforts to develop new vancomycin-based therapeutics to combat VRE and
possibly other bacterial infections
- Studying the spread of E. faecalis to determine how the bacterium shares and acquires genes that alter
its characteristics Similar studies funded by other components of the National
Institutes of Health are under way at
various U.S. medical institutions.
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Frequently Asked Questions
How can I prevent the spread of VRE?
If you or someone in your home has VRE, here are some helpful measures that
can help prevent its spread:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before
preparing food. Clean your hands after close contact with persons who have VRE.
Wash with soap and water (particularly when visibly soiled), or clean with
alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Frequently clean areas of your home, such as the bathroom, which may become
contaminated with VRE. Use a household disinfectant or a mixture of one-fourth
cup bleach and one quart of water to clean areas and surfaces that are touched
- Wear gloves if you come in contact with body fluids that may contain VRE,
such as stool. Always wash your hands after removing gloves.
- Be sure to tell any healthcare providers that you have VRE, so that they are
aware of your infection.