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Other Names for this Disease
  • Klebsiella infection
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae infection
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Klebsiella is a type of bacteria that can cause different types of infections including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis. Klebsiella bacteria are normally found in the human intestines, where they do not cause disease. They are also found in human stool (feces). In hospitals, Klebsiella infections commonly occur among sick patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Those whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines) or intravenous (vein) catheters, or long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for Klebsiella infections. Healthy people usually do not get Klebsiella infections. To get a Klebsiella infection, a person must be exposed to the bacteria.[1]
Last updated: 10/20/2011


  1. Klebsiella pneumoniae in Healthcare Settings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). November 2010; Accessed 10/20/2011.
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