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A Survey of nasal Streptococcus pneumoniae in children

Burr, Michael Leslie, Gray, S. J. and Howells, C. H. L. 1982. A Survey of nasal Streptococcus pneumoniae in children. Journal of Hygiene 88 (3) , pp. 425-431. 10.1017/s0022172400070285

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Nasal swabs were taken from 369 four-year-old children in two South Wales towns and cultured for Streptococcus pneumoniae. The organism was isolated in 34% of the specimens, similar rates being found in boys and girls in the two towns. The children were swabbed again a year later, when the prevalence of nasal pneumococci had fallen to 25%. There was no association between the presence of the organism on the two occasions. Types 6 and 23 were most often isolated. After excluding children who had received an antibiotic, the proportion carrying a pneumococcus was higher in those who had recently had a respiratory infection than in the rest, although the difference was not quite statistically significant. There was a significant negative association between the presence of Staphylococcus aureus and Strep. pneumoniae.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Additional Information: Journal of Hygiene, title change, now Epidemiology and Infection
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0950-2688
Last Modified: 04 May 2016 03:06

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