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Volume 48, Number 3, June 2015

Liver abscess caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae in a red-footed tortoise 

Hui-Ling Tang, Yi-Chyi Lai, Chien-Shun Chiou, Po-Yu Liu, Ling-Ling Weng, Wen Hou, Ken-Sheng Cheng, Kwong-Chung Tung, Min-Chi Lu

Received: October 17, 2013    Revised: December 6, 2013    Accepted: February 17, 2014   


Corresponding author:

Kwong-Chung Tung
Corresponding author. Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC.

Min-Chi Lu
Corresponding author. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Chung Shan Medical University, Number 110, Section 1, Chien-Kuo N. Road, Taichung 402, Taiwan, ROC. 


Background and purpose: 

Klebsiella pneumoniae is an important pathogen with worldwide distribution and can cause broad spectrum of infections, including pneumonia, septicemia, intra-abdominal infections, urinary tract infections, and meningitis in humans.1−3 It is emerging as the most common pathogen of human pyogenic liver abscess in Taiwan.1,4 Similarly, bacterial infections are common in animals, including reptiles, and the frequent occurrence of urinary tract infection in turtles by Klebsiella was documented.5 Although infections by K.