Intrinsic Klebsiella Pneumoniae Contamination of Liquid Germicidal Hand Soap Containing Chlorhexidine

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2004 Oct;25(10):883-5. doi: 10.1086/502314.


We describe intrinsic contamination with Klebsiella pneumoniae occurring during the manufacture of germicidal hand soap, labeled as containing 2% chlorhexidine, used throughout a 350-bed community medical center. A 3-year retrospective study failed to find evidence of increased incidence of clinical isolates of this strain.

MeSH terms

  • Chlorhexidine / analysis*
  • Disinfectants / analysis*
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae / isolation & purification*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Soaps* / analysis


  • Disinfectants
  • Soaps
  • Chlorhexidine