Which Klebsiellae species are most often responsible for human infections?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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K pneumoniae and K oxytoca are the 2 members of this genus responsible for most human infections. They are opportunistic pathogens found in the environment and in mammalian mucosal surfaces. The principal pathogenic reservoirs of infection are the gastrointestinal tract of patients and the hands of hospital personnel. Organisms can spread rapidly, often leading to nosocomial outbreaks.


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