Journal article

Gastrointestinal Carriage Is a Major Reservoir of Klebsiella pneumoniae Infection in Intensive Care Patients

Claire L Gorrie, Mirjana Mirceta, Ryan R Wick, David J Edwards, Nicholas R Thomson, Richard A Strugnell, Nigel F Pratt, Jill S Garlick, Kerri M Watson, David V Pilcher, Steve A McGloughlin, Denis W Spelman, Adam WJ Jenney, Kathryn E Holt

Clinical Infectious Diseases | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2017


Background: Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogen and leading cause of hospital-associated infections. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are particularly at risk. Klebsiella pneumoniae is part of the healthy human microbiome, providing a potential reservoir for infection. However, the frequency of gut colonization and its contribution to infections are not well characterized. Methods: We conducted a 1-year prospective cohort study in which 498 ICU patients were screened for rectal and throat carriage of K. pneumoniae shortly after admission. Klebsiella pneumoniae isolated from screening swabs and clinical diagnostic samples were characterized using whole genome sequencing and c..

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