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Klebsiella pneumoniae:A pathogenic bacteria that may be transmitted through Hirudo nipponia and cause death in humans
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  • yibin yang,
  • yuhua chen,
  • yongtao liu,
  • yi song,
  • xiaohui ai
yibin yang
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yuhua chen
Department of Gastroenterology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China; and Hubei Clinical Center & Key Lab of Intestinal & Colorectal Diseases, Wuhan, China.
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yongtao liu
the Institute of Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences; the Key Laboratory for quality and safety control of aquatic products, Ministry of Agriculture
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yi song
the Key Laboratory for quality and safety control of aquatic products, Ministry of Agriculture
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xiaohui ai
the Institute of Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences; the Key Laboratory for quality and safety control of aquatic products, Ministry of Agriculture
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Abstract

Hirudo nipponia is not only an important economic pillar for farmers, but is also a precious raw material for medicinal materials. However, in recent years, H. nipponia suffered from diseases with symptoms including systemic edema and hyperemia. It has not yet been demonstrated which pathogen causes this disease and whether this could be transmitted to humans. In this study, Klebsiella pneumoniae was isolated and identified from diseased H. nipponia and the pathogenicity of the isolated strain was confirmed. Furthermore, by comparing the sequence of the pathogen isolated from leeches to the same pathogen infecting humans, we identified that the isolated strain is a threat to human health. This work emphasizes the importance of the first discovery of pathogenic bacteria from leeches similar to human pathogens, as well as the need for identifying comorbidities for both humans and aquatic animals.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

29 May 2020Submitted to Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
30 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
30 May 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Jun 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
13 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
13 Jul 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
23 Jul 20201st Revision Received
24 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
24 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
25 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
22 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
28 Aug 20202nd Revision Received
28 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
28 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
31 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
04 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Sep 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
05 Sep 20203rd Revision Received
05 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
05 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
08 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
16 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
19 Sep 2020Editorial Decision: Accept