Klebseilla pneumoniae is usually found within our gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and the urinary tract; however, it does not produce any clinical manifestations. On the other hand, the microbe is highly opportunistic, and can cause complications in certain cases.
Risk Factors and Causes Associated with Klebsiella Pneumoniae Infection
• Klebsiella pneumoniae affects those who have an underlying disease, such as diabetes, chronic lung disease or are chronic alcoholics. Hospital-acquired infections occur due to invasive medical treatments, like, IV catheters to administer fluids, catheters introduced in to the bladder to drain urine and breathing tubes for those on a ventilator.
• Another significant Klebseilla pneumoniae cause is a deranged and attenuated immune system. Susceptibility to klebseilla infections increases when the person’s immune system is weak and it can not fight the bacteria.