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Klebsiella oxytoca

  • General information

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Taxonomy
      Family: Enterobacteriaceae
      K. pneumoniae subsp pneumoniae
      K. pneumoniae subsp. ozaenae
      K. pneumoniae subsp. rhinoscleromatis
      K.oxytoca

      Natural habitats
      They are widely distributed in nature and can be found in water, soil, on plants and have been isolated from clinical samples of humans and animals.

      They are part of the normal intestinal flora of humans and animals.

      Clinical significance
      K. pneumoniae & K. oxytoca
      They are important causes of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) and community-acquired infections in humans.

      They can cause a variety of infections of the urinary and respiratory tract (pneumonia).

      This species can cause septicemia, peritonitis, meningitis, infections of wounds and burns.

  • Gram stain

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Gram negative rods,

      0.3-1.0 x 0.6-6.0 µm,

  • Culture characteristics

    • the following information is not yet verified

      Facultative anaerobic

      Colonies are often large, shiny and slimy.

      The amount of slime varies from strain to strain and also depends on the amount of carbohydrate present in the agar.

      McConkey growth, lactose fermenter

      BBAØ growth

  • Characteristics

  • References

    • James Versalovic et al.(2011) Manual of Clinical Microbiology 10th Edition

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