Klebsiella pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterium that normally lives inside human intestines, where it does not cause disease. However, if the bacteria moves into other parts of the body, it can cause a range of illness, including pneumonia, bloodstream infection, meningitis and urinary tract infections.
The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) informed recently that more than half of the ICU patients battling a type of pneumonia caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae are not responding to powerful antibiotics called carbapenem. The finding was made by the ICMR’s latest report on ‘antimicrobial resistance research and surveillance’ conducted last year.

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