Klebsiella Bacteria Outbreaks Around The World

An ICU ventilator. Patients who requires devices such as ventilators or catheters are more prone to Klebsiella infection.

Jamaicans are still talking about the recent outbreak of klebsiella and serratia bacteria at two of the island’s hospitals, which has killed 18 babies. Earlier this week, we shared a fact sheet on the bacteria. We’ve done some more diGging and found a few more cases of klebsiella in other countries around the world. See below, with links to articles and scholarly papers related to each case:

United States


  • A report an outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia in an intensive care unit of a German medium-sized hospital that specializes in treating patients after cardiothoracic surgery in 2013.


  • In Finland, occurrence of Klebsiella pneumoniae has previously been sporadic and related to travel. This paper describes the first colonized outbreak, which affected nine patients in a 137-bed primary care hospital in 2013.