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J Hyg (Lond). 1978 Apr;80(2):295-300.

Epidemiological patterns of Klebsiella colonization and infection in an intensive care ward.

Abstract

Twenty-four per cent of 2315 patients admitted to the intensive care unit of St Thomas's Hospital in the 4 year period from November 1969 became colonized or infected with Klebsiella species. Capsular typing of 986 klebsiella isolates from 551 patients showed that there were 695 patient-isolates, mostly derived from the respiratory tract. Capsular types 47 and 21 were the commonest types and together accounted for 19.9% of the patient-isolates. The 14 commonest types accounted for 47.3% of all patient-isolates and all these strains showed clustering, strongly suggesting a changing common source, cross infection, or both.

PMID:
632569
PMCID:
PMC2129997
DOI:
10.1017/s0022172400053651
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