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Klebsiella infection


Other Names for this Disease

  • Klebsiella
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae infection
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Overview

Klebsiella infections refer to several different types of healthcare-associated infections that are all caused by the Klebsiella bacteria, including pneumonia; bloodstream infections; wound or surgical site infections; and meningitis. Healthy people usually do not get Klebsiella infections. However, people who are hospitalized and receiving treatment for other conditions may be susceptible to these infections. In healthcare settings, people who require long courses of antibiotics and/or devices such as ventilators (breathing machines) or intravenous (vein) catheters are at the most risk for Klebsiella infections. These infections are often treated with antibiotics, although some Klebsiella bacteria may be resistant to certain types of antibiotics.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 11/23/2014

References

  1. Klebsiella pneumoniae in Healthcare Settings. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 27, 2012; http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/organisms/klebsiella/klebsiella.html.
  2. Shahab Qureshi, MD. Klebsiella Infections. Medscape. August 19, 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/219907-overview.
  3. Wen-Liang Yu, MD, Yin-Ching Chuang, MD. Clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of Klebsiella pneumoniae infection. UpToDate. December 18, 2013; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/clinical-features-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-infection?source=search_result&search=klebsiella&selectedTitle=1%7E150#H6012644.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Klebsiella
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae infection
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.