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Enterococcus is a Gram-positive streptococcus that inhabits the enteric tract of mammals. Its resistance to bile and fermentative metabolism allow it to flourish in their environment. Enterococci are also known to be opportunistic pathogens that cause endocarditis. Of particular concern are Vancomycin-resistant enterococci often associated with cardiac infections (VRE).
Phylum Firmicutes (Low G+C Gram-positives, Volume 3), Class Bacilli
Aerotolerant anaerobe, oxidase-negative, catalase-negative, nitrate reduction-negative
Metabolism: strictly fermentative (Acid from glucose, lactose, sucrose), MR-positive, VP-negative
Hydrolysis: casease-negative, amylase-negative, DNAse-negative, gelatinase-negative
Other: H2S-negative, indole-negative, citrate-negative, urease-negative