Nickname: Kleb pneumo
Morphology: Gram-negative rod with a capsule
Habitat: Carried in the nose, throat and the lower intestines of humans; also found in soil and water
Disease or illness: Can cause wound and burn infections, bloodstream infection, pneumonia and bronchitis, and urinary tract infections, especially in hospitalized patients
Who is at risk: Infants, children and adults can develop infection but it is more common in persons who have a weakened immune system or who already have another serious illness.
Avoidance techniques: Wash hands after use of the toilet; healthcare workers should use good infection prevention practices.