Klebsiella Pneumoniae

What Is Klebsiella Pneumoniae?

Klebsiella Pneumoniae is a bacteria that is usually found in the human gastrointestinal tract, as well as the mouth and skin. It will generally not lead to an infectious disease being present in healthy people. It can actually be quite common within the environment. If it gets into the lungs, it can cause considerable damage.
The genus of bacteria that this bacterium belongs to was named after the microbiologist who discovered it, Edwin Klebs. People who have chronic diseases and suffer from alcoholism have a higher chance of being infected with Klebsiella Pneumoniae, as well as those who do not follow proper hand sanitation. A pathologist named Carl Friendlander is the one who originally proposed that it was a factor in pneumonia, particularly in people who have weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Klebsiella Pneumoniae

To become infected with Klebsiella Pneumoniae, you would have to become exposed to the bacteria somehow. Normally, this occurs by breathing it in or it entering through a cut or similar wound.

People who become infected with Klebsiella Pneumoniae will experience the following symptoms:
⦁ Fever
⦁ Nausea
⦁ Tachycardia
⦁ Vomiting

Other pneumonia-like symptoms are also common, hence the name.

Prevention

Preventing getting infected by Klebsiella Pneumoniae is possible by practicing good hygiene, especially when it comes to your hands. Ideally, soap and water should be used if your hands are visibly dirty. Otherwise, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing between 60% and 90% alcohol. Alcohol-based sanitizers are especially effective against all Klebsiella bacteria that are Gram-negative, which includes Klebsiella Pneumoniae.

Additionally, wearing gloves and other protective gear when entering a location that houses patients infected with Klebsiella infections is a must. To be extra cautious, you should also wash or sanitize your hands when doing the following:
⦁ Before preparing and eating food
⦁ Before touching your face
⦁ Before and after changing wound bandages
⦁ After using a bathroom
⦁ After blowing your nose
⦁ After coughing and sneezing
⦁ After touching any surface in a hospital

Cure?

Currently, the best cure available for Klebsiella Pneumoniae involves a combination of phage therapy and antibiotics. However, these antibiotics only work if the infection is not drug-resistant. Resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics is quite common, since the production of beta-lactamase can become induced within bacteria that are exposed to those antibiotics. Several tests will have to be run to determine which antibiotics will treat an infection caused by Klebsiella Pneumoniae.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Klebsiella Pneumoniae is a bacteria that can lead to having symptoms such as fever, nausea, and vomiting, and can be worsened if you suffer from a chronic disease or alcoholism. The Klebsiella genus of bacteria usually spreads through the hands, which is why all surfaces should be kept as sanitized as possible to prevent the spread of infection.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard solution and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution can kill Klebsiella Pneumoniae, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.