Study: Dramatic Increase in Drug-Resistant K. Pneumoniae

There has been a dramatic increase in the frequency of drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae nationwide, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The researchers examined the proportion of K. pneumoniae cases resistant to carbapenems in acute care, long-term care and outpatient settings.  During the study period from 2002 to 2010, the proportion of drug-resistant cases increased from 0.1 percent to 4.5 percent across the country.

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The researchers emphasized that what an issue mainly in the northeastern United States in the early 2000's is now a concern everywhere.

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