Serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems. Infections of the blood, pneumonia, and infections following surgery can lead to severe illness and death in these people.
Patients in hospitals, especially those on breathing machines, those with devices such as catheters, and patients with wounds from surgery or from burns are potentially at risk for serious, life-threatening infections.
However, healthy people can also develop mild illnesses with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially after exposure to water.
Pseudomonas infections are generally treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, in hospitalized patients, these infections are becoming more difficult to treat because of increasing antibiotic resistance.
CERID is investigating immunologic mechanisms of disease pathogenesis with an emphasis on genetic, cellular and molecular studies of the human innate immune response.