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|Title:||Invasive pneumococcal disease in central Australia.|
|Affiliation:||Department of Medicine, Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory, Australia..|
|Citation:||Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 1995-06; 20(6): 1553-6|
|Abstract:||Invasive pneumococcal disease remains a major problem in certain groups of people. We undertook a hospital-based review of all cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in central Australia over a 2-year period. We observed 79 cases of invasive disease in 78 patients. The incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease was highest in Aborigines under 5 years of age (1,025 cases per 100,000 population per year). The relative risk for Aborigines compared with non-Aborigines was 31.6 (95% CI, 12.8-78.1). Pneumonia was the commonest disease observed (82% of patients). Eight patients died (10.1%), and all of these patients had identifiable risk factors for pneumococcal disease. Serotyping showed that all except two isolates were covered by the existing 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine. These data reveal that Aborigines in central Australia have the highest reported rate of invasive pneumococcal disease in the world. A vaccination program in central Australia should decrease admissions and deaths due to pneumococcal disease.|
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