Klebsiella bacteraemia

Klebsiella Bacteraemia

Klebsiella Bacteraemia is a type of bloodstream infection caused by the Klebsiella bacteria species. It is an often serious infection that occurs when there is a break in the skin barrier, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The bacteria, which normally live in the digestive system, can quickly multiply in the blood and cause severe damage to organs. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important in order to minimize the risk of serious complications.

The severity of Klebsiella Bacteraemia can range from mild to life-threatening. Early symptoms of the infection include fever, chills, and an overall feeling of malaise. Other common symptoms can include difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. If left untreated, the infection can cause sepsis, organ damage, and death.

Klebsiella Bacteraemia is treated with antibiotics. The choice of antibiotics depends on the type of infection, as well as the patient's medical history, current medications, and underlying conditions. Treatment is typically delivered intravenously, as the infection can spread quickly throughout the body. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to drain the infection or remove infected tissue.


Klebsiella Bacteraemia can be prevented by taking steps to strengthen the body’s natural defense system. These steps include:

  • Practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly
  • Avoiding contact with people who have active infections
  • Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise
  • Maintaining a strong immune system with adequate sleep, reducing stress, and avoiding exposure to infections, such as through travel
  • Protecting any cuts or scrapes with a clean bandage

Individuals who are at high risk for Klebsiella Bacteraemia should also be aware of the following risk factors:

  • Weakened immune system due to illness or medication
  • Recent surgery or medical procedures
  • Long-term use of a catheter or intravenous line
  • Recent hospital stay
  • Current or recent injection drug use