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Persisting intrahospital transmission of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and challenges for infection control

  • Isabelle Vock (a1) and Sarah Tschudin-Sutter (a1) (a2)


In the past several decades, the incidence of Klebsiella pneumoniae harboring resistance mechanisms against multiple antibiotic agents has increased on a global scale. We discuss reasons for ongoing transmission of multidrug-resistant K. pneumoniae in healthcare settings, which has resulted in the successful spread and establishment of this pathogen. It is now one of the most important causes of healthcare-associated infections worldwide.


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Author for correspondence: Sarah Tschudin-Sutter, MD, MSc, Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, CH-4031 Basel, Switzerland. Email:


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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION: The content of this review was presented in part as an invited oral presentation at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases on April 23, 2018, in Madrid, Spain.



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