Chryseobacterium species

General Information

Gram-negative bacilli. Formerly classified as Flavobacterium.

The most pathogenic in this group is Chryseobacterium meningosepticum, was reclassified to the genus Elizabethkingia.

  • C. indologenes although ubiquitous in nature, mainly found in soil and water, is an uncommon human pathogen, but the number of reported cases is increasing.

  • It can cause serious infections, particularly among the immunocompromised. Most often hospital acquired, associated with immunosuppression or indwelling catheters.

  • Hospital acquired and associated with immunocompromised hosts

  • Bacteremia

  • Peritonitis

  • Pneumonia and empyema

  • Pyelonephritis and cystitis

  • Meningitis

  • Central venous catheter associated infections