Fermenting, gram-negative rod of the Enterobacteriaceae family.
In healthy hosts, can cause:
Types of pneumonia (Friedlander's disease)
Intra-abdominal and biliary infection
Prosthetic material and vascular catheter infection
May require contact precautions if highly resistant (i.e. ESBL, carbapenem-resistant).
Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is a carbapenem.