Infectious Disease Compendium

Simkania

Microbiology

Simkania negevensis, a Chlamydiae (PubMed).

Epidemiologic Risks

Grows in amoebae (and macrophages) and is found in water, including tap water and spas.

Syndromes

Community-acquired pneumonia but rare (<2%) and bronchiolitis. Perhaps more of a kids pathogen. Diagnose with PCR or serology but not available where I work.

Treatment

Tetracyclines and macrolides? Sulfa and quinolone resistant.

Last Update: 04/17/18.