In order to minimize the damages of antibiotic resistant bacteria, doctors prescribe stronger pills. Over the last 5 years, clinicians have witness a rise in the number of patients coming down with infections that were caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Their take on this situation is to ante up the dose, and hope it will be enough in order to give the immune system a boost. According to a statistic, released by the Public Health England, it would seem that there has been an increase in cases that did not respond to common broad specter antibiotics. Hence, the number of cases coming down with E.coli has increased with 5.6 percent from 2010 to 2014. Klebsiella pneumoniaerose seems to be another culprit that adds a new dimension to our statement. The number of cases infected by this bacteria has increased by 20.8 percent in the last 5 years.
The Klebsiella pneumoniae is a Gram-negative bacteria, which has an odd rod shaped. Moreover this bacteria doesn’t possess the capacity of moving around on its own. Instead it uses the host’s bloodstream in order to travel to the most sensitive areas of our body. Klebsiella is surrounded by a capsule, which is highly permeable, which also acts like a protective coating. The bacteria can be both aerobic and anaerobic.
Normally, this bacteria is harmless, because it lays dormant in the bacterial flora from our month and our intestines. However, if the bacteria decides to go on a killing spree, it is capable of dealing serious damage to our internal organs. If Klebsiella is inhaled, it can quickly reach the lungs and damage the pulmonary cells resulting in an unusual quantity of bloody sputum.
Klebsiella pneumoniae was first discovered and catalogued by a Danish scientist by the name of Hans Christian Gram, who, among other things is the inventor of the gram straining procedure. Using this technique, in 1884, Gram was able to operate a distinction between the Klebsiella and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
The bacteria manifest itself in the human lungs through inflammation and hemorrhage. In very rare cases, Klebsiella can even induce necrosis. Bacteriological studies have concluded that Klebsiella usually infects patients that have and unusually weakened immune system. Other groups of patients that are susceptible to this disease are those who issue symptoms related to diabetes, alcoholism, liver disease, renal failure and respiratory disease.
As for the way the disease choses to manifest, it seems that the most common condition induced by this bacteria is pneumonia.