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VRE outbreak at hospital is over

April 27, 2009
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OWEN SOUND, ON, Canada — An outbreak of Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) that sickened six patients at a hospital last week is under control and the patients have stopped showing signs of the infection, according to a Canadian Press story hosted by
The Owen Sound Regional Hospital was deemed safe and the "all-clear" was given after cleaning crews disinfected surfaces the bacteria live on like bed rails, telephones and doorknobs, the story stated.
Over the weekend, and as a precaution, strict visitation limits were put in place to curb the spread of the bacteria, the story noted.
VRE bacteria live in the human bowels and are resistant to Vancomycin, a strong antibiotic used in treatment, the story added.
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