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Facilities Operations and Development
Environmental Health and Safety
Fish Klebsiella
1314 Kinnear Road #106
Columbus, OH 43212-1168
614-292-1284 Phone
614-292-6404 Fax
Causative Agent: Klebsiella spp. bacteria
Mode of Transmission:
Can grow in water or in distribution systems
biofilms. Also found in feces. Can spread through
contaminated drinking water. Pick up through
contact with skin or mucous membranes.
Incubation Period: Human: 1-6 weeks (but not clearly understood)
Animal: unknown
Clinical Signs Human:
Wound infections; gastroenteritis with vomiting
and diarrhea. Septicemia may occur in
immunosuppressed persons.
Clinical Signs Animal:
It is rare to see signs in fish.
Control and Prevention: Minimize growth of biofilms by treatment to
optimize organic carbon removal, restriction of
residence time of water in distribution systems,
and maintenance of disinfectant residuals.
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Person to person transmission has been observed.
There are some drug resistant strains.
Opportunistic pathogen.
June 9, 2014
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