|Description:||This 2014 image depicts Centers for Disease Control (CDC) laboratorian, Alicia Shams, as she was showing viewers a Petri dish culture plate that demonstrated growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae, on a growth medium of MacConkey agar. Holding an inoculating loop in her right hand, Ms. Shams was pointing out the bacterial colonies, which grew atop the medium contained in the Petri dish she held in her left hand.|
Klebsiella is a type of Gram-negative bacteria that can cause different types of healthcare-associated infections, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis. Increasingly, Klebsiella bacteria have developed antimicrobial resistance, most recently to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems. Klebsiella bacteria are normally found in the human intestines (where they do not cause disease). They are also found in human stool (feces). In healthcare settings, Klebsiella infections commonly occur among sick patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines) or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for Klebsiella infections. Healthy people usually do not get Klebsiella infections.