July 28, 2015
A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food
One of the most common and troubling infections, Klebsiella pneumoniae, that occurs in healthcare may come from an unexpected source, according to a new paper. Yet because it is not one of the bacteria that we think of as disease-causing foodborne organisms, the size of the threat it poses, and the way it reaches us, may not be well understood. The finding that in some cases, practically genetically identical in food and in hospitals comes from a multi-institute project that for several years has been closely analyzing pathogens found on supermarket meat and in hospital patients in Flagstaff, Arizona.