Medical Definition of Elizabethkingia

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

Elizabethkingia: a genus of bacteria that is commonly found in the environment worldwide. This type of bacteria rarely causes illness. When it has been noted to cause illness, it has caused meningitis in newborns and people with suppressed immune function as well as respiratory or blood infections in people with weakened immune systems. An outbreak of infection was reported in 2016 that was responsible for up to 20 deaths in Wisconsin and Michigan. Typically, about 5-10 cases occur yearly in each state.

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Reviewed on 9/7/2018
References
CDC. Elizabethkingia.
<http://www.cdc.gov/elizabethkingia/about/index.html>