Liver abscess caused by magA+ Klebsiella pneumoniae in North America

  • Fang F
  • Sandler N
  • Libby S
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Abstract

Taiwan has witnessed an emerging syndrome of liver abscess caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae carrying the magA gene required for exopolysaccharide web biosynthesis. We report a patient transferred from Alaska to Washington State with a magA(+) K. pneumoniae liver abscess and describe a simple approach for recognition of these hypervirulent strains.

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  • Alaska/epidemiology
  • Bacteremia/complications/*microbiology
  • Bacterial Proteins/*genetics/metabolism
  • Humans
  • Klebsiella Infections/*complications/microbiology
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae/growth & development/*pathog
  • Liver Abscess/*etiology/*microbiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phenotype
  • Polysaccharides, Bacterial/metabolism
  • Washington/epidemiology

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Authors

  • F C Fang

  • N Sandler

  • S J Libby

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