Klebsiella pneumoniae (N=7664)

General Information

Lactose fermenting gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family.

In healthy hosts, can cause:

  • UTI

  • Severe pneumonias (Friedlanders disease)

  • Liver abscesses

Nosocomial infection:

  • UTI

  • Pneumonia

  • Intra-abdominal and biliary infection

  • Prosthetic material and vascular catheter infection

May require contact precautions if highly resistant i.e. ESBL, carbapenem resistant.

Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is a carbapenem.