Klebsiella - Definition

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Klebsiella is a species of bacteria, the best known is the Klebsiella pneumonia. Klebsiella is naturally present in some organs such as the gastrointestinal tract or lungs, but its action is controlled by the body, hence the absence of infection. Taking advantage of an immunocompromised body, i.e. one whose immune defenses are lowered or another intercurrent event, the bacteria can become "aggressive" and be responsible for tonsillitis, chest infections, some of urinary tract infections, or more widespread infections. Treatment is then based on the use of antibiotics.