Dangerous Pneumonia Strand Spreads

February 18, 2013 | Crandall & Pera Law
Dangerous Pneumonia Strand Spreads

A dangerous pneumonia strand, with an estimated mortality rate as high as 40 percent, has spread across the nation and outside of health care facilities, according to The New York Times.

Klebsiella pneumoniae, which poses as a serious danger to older hospitalized patients, is usually treated with broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotics. But a study in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology reports that the proportion of Klebsiella cases resistant to cephalosporins increased to 11.6 percent in 2010 from 5.3 percent in 1999.

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Pneumonia Strain Has Spread

Failure to diagnose pneumonia, infections and even medication errors cause thousands of needless deaths and longer hospital stays each year in the U.S.

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