Common Name: Klebsiella pneumoniae
Bacteria of the genus Klebsiella are widely distributed in nature, in the soil and in water. They are also part of the normal flora of the intestinal tract, but usually in low numbers compared with E. coli. Klebsiella, especially strains of the species K. pneumonia, are opportunistic pathogens that can cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and bacteremia. In recent years there has been an increase in Klebsiella infections, especially in hospitals and due to multiple-antibiotic resistant strains. In humans with underlying health problems such as diabetes mellitus, K. pneumoniae sometimes causes an acute primary infection that results in lobar pneumonia. Aggressive treatment with antibiotics is required to prevent mortality. Klebsiella is the cause of about 10% of urinary tract infections in humans.
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The strain is resistant to many antibiotics, including ampicillin, ticarcillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and gentamicin, but is susceptible to amikacin, ciprofloxacin, and imipenem. This strain is - - - - -