Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacteria found in the human intestines that does not normally cause problems. Infections occur when these otherwise harmless bacteria are introduced in other places in the body, most commonly through the blood, urinary tract, or respiratory tract. Klebsiella pneumoniae infections can be dangerous as they are becoming more difficult to treat.
Klebsiella pneumoniae cause a wide range of infections. It is a common source of hospital-acquired infections, which are a dangerous problem for some patient populations, particularly newborns, the elderly, and those who are immunocompromised. Healthy people do not normally get Klebsiella infections, though community spread is becoming more common in some areas.
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