Journal Article

Patient-to-Patient Transmission Is Important in Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing <i>Klebsiella pneumoniae</i> Acquisition

A. D. Harris, E. N. Perencevich, J. K. Johnson, D. L. Paterson, J. G. Morris, S. M. Strauss and J. A. Johnson

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 10, pages 1347-1350
Published in print November 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/522657
Patient-to-Patient Transmission Is Important in Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase–Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae Acquisition

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We performed a prospective cohort study to quantify the number of cases of patient-to-patient transmission of extended-spectrum β-lactamase–producing Klebsiella species on perianal surveillance culture. Among 27 patients who acquired Klebsiella pneumoniae infection, 14 had infections (52%) that were due to patient-to-patient transmission, and 6 (22%) had a subsequent positive extended-spectrum β-lactamase clinical culture results.

Journal Article.  2228 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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