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3. How are VRE detected?

Laboratory analyses of stool specimens, or rectal swabs, indicate that the bacteria is present. Patients are said to be carriers, or colonized, when bacteria are present but there is no sign of infection. They are considered infected when there are signs of infection, for instance, when urinary symptoms are present, or when a wound discharges pus or is red at the edges.

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