Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria with a neutrophil, a type of white blood cell involved in defence against bacterial infections. K. pneumoniae is one of several bacteria that can cause pneumonia (lung inflammation). It causes a severe form that can be a complication of chronic lung diseases. K. pneumoniae is also a multidrug resistant bacterium that can cause severe hospital-acquired infections. This is a carbapenem-resistant strain of this bacterium. Carbapenem is a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
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