Symptoms of enterococcal infection vary depending on the location of the infection, according to Merck Manual. The most common infections that results from enterococcus include urinary tract infections, wound infections, heart infections and abscesses of the abdomen. A patient with a vancomycin-resistant enterococcus infection, or VRE, may experience frequent or painful urination; fever, chills or body aches; soreness, swelling or inflammation around a wound; or drainage from a wound, reports Drugs.com. People experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care.
VRE symptoms that require immediate care include throat swelling, difficulty breathing, a change in chest or back pain, or a headache with neck stiffness, weakness and confusion, advises Drugs.com.
Enterococcus bacteria live in the intestinal tract and on the skin of healthy people, but in some cases, it becomes resistant to antibiotics and causes serious infection, explains WebMD. VRE infections can occur anywhere and are especially common in those who are weak or ill. Although experts do not know why, some people are more susceptible to VRE than others, and healthy people have a very low risk of VRE infection. It is difficult to cure due to its resistance to most antibiotics, although some patients get better on their own as their bodies grow stronger. In some cases, the bacteria remains in the patient's body without causing infection.