Enterococcus Bacteria are Gram-positive, facultative anaerobic, coccoid prokaryotes that are normal in the intestinal tract but are also pathogens, especially when the immune system is impaired. They are important nosocomial pathogens and one of the superbugs due to their resistance to antibiotics, such as the vancomycin resistant Enterococcus or VRE strain. The microbes are able to tolerate relatively high salt and acid concentrations and can withstand low levels of detergents, explaining why inadequate cleaning procedures can promote Enterococcus infections. The microbe can survive for long periods of time in soil, sewage, and inside hospitals on a variety of surfaces. Clinical nosocomial infections include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, meningitis, blood infections, oral cavity infections and skin and wound infect
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