A form of intestinal bacteria (formerly classed under streptococcus faecalis) which is not sensitive to the "big gun" antibiotic, vancomycin. This organism is usually only fatal in those who are, for reasons of age or infirmity, immunosuppressed. The pathology of the illness is exacerbated when hemosepsis (blood-stream infection) develops.
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