alexa Incidence of Klebsiella species in surface waters and their expression of virulence factors.


Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

Author(s): Podschun R, Pietsch S, Hller C, Ullmann U

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Abstract To investigate the occurrence of different Klebsiella spp. in aquatic environments, a total of 208 samples of natural surface waters was examined. From half (53\%) of these samples, 123 Klebsiella strains were isolated, the most common species being Klebsiella pneumoniae. A comparison of these isolates to a group of 207 clinical K. pneumoniae isolates demonstrated that water isolates of K. pneumoniae, unlike those of K. oxytoca and K. planticola, are as capable as clinical isolates of expressing putative virulence factors such as serum resistance and capsular polysaccharides, pili, and siderophores.
This article was published in Appl Environ Microbiol and referenced in Clinical Microbiology: Open Access

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