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Volume 13, Number 7—July 2007

Research

Virulence Characteristics of Klebsiella and Clinical Manifestations of K. pneumoniae Bloodstream Infections

Victor L. Yu*Comments to Author , Dennis S. Hansen†, Wen Chien Ko‡, Asia Sagnimeni*, Keith P. Klugman§, Herman Goossens#, Marilyn M. Wagener*, Vicente J. Benedi**1, Meningeal Disease Surveillance in South Africa¶, and the International Klebsiella Study Group

Author affiliations: *University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; †Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark; ‡National Cheng Kung University Medical College, Tainan, Taiwan, Republic of China; §Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ¶South African Institute of Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa; #University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium; **Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Spain;

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Table 4

Mucoid strains in patients with liver abscess, endophthalmitis, or meningitis associated with community-acquired Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteremia*

Country K1 or K2 
serotype, % Mucoid 
phenotype, % Aerobactin 
producer, % Mouse 
mortality rate, %†
Taiwan 50 (6/12) 100 (12/12) 85 (10/12) 81
South Africa 100 (1/1) 100 (1/1) 100 (1/1) 100

*Mucoid strains are highly lethal to mice.
†2 mice were tested for each available strain.

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1Deceased.

2The International Klebsiella Study Group comprises the previously named authors plus Jose Maria Casellas, Gordon Trenholme, Joseph McCormack, Sunita Mohapatra, and Lutfiye Mulazimoglu.

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