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CRKP / Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella Pneumonia

CRKP is a gram-negative bacterium that is associated with extremely difficult to treat blood infections, surgical site infections and meningitis. This type of virus is resistant to nearly all antibiotics and has a 50% mortality rate. This rate goes up even more for individuals with alcoholism or bacteria in the blood.

Symptoms

  • Pneumonia-like symptoms
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Difficulty in breathing

Treatment

CRKP can't easily be killed by the antibiotics developed to kill the already-known nosocomial infections like MRSA, C.Diff or VRE. An older antibiotic called Colistin, has been used with a small success on patients with CRKP as the drug has a number of side effects it can cause more problems.

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