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Acute Communicable Disease Control


Acute Communicable Disease Control

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County of Los Angeles
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae (CRKP)

image of a lungs Klebsiella is a type of gram-negative bacteria that can cause infections in healthcare settings, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis. Increasingly, Klebsiella bacteria have developed antibiotic resistance, most recently to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems. When bacteria such as Klebsiella pneumoniae produce an enzyme known as a carbapenemase, they are referred to as KPC producing organisms or carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP). This is considered a threat to patient safety because carbapenem antibiotics often are the last line of defense against gram-negative infections that are resistant to other antibiotics.

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