InvasiveKlebsiella pneumoniaeSyndrome in North America


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Abstract

Invasive liver abscess syndrome, which is caused by hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae subtypes, has been emerging worldwide over the past 2 decades. The syndrome is associated with the hypermucoviscosity phenotype of K. pneumoniae strains and with the magA and rmpA genes. We provide the first laboratory evidence of the presence of rmpA-positive K. pneumoniae in North America.

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