Journal article

Upper airway carriage by Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae in Australian aboriginal children hospitalised with acute lower respiratory infection.

M Gratten, K Manning, J Dixon, F Morey, P Torzillo, J Hanna, J Erlich, V Asche, I Riley

Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health | Published : 1994

Abstract

When nasopharyngeal secretions from 171 Australian Aboriginal children hospitalized with acute lower respiratory tract infections (ALRI) were cultured selectively for Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae, 136 (79.5%) and 151 (88.3%) children yielded 166 and 254 isolates of S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae, respectively. In colonized subjects multiple populations of S. pneumoniae (20% of carriage-positive patients) and H. influenzae (55%) were common. Pneumococci belonging to 27 types or groups were identified. H. influenzae serotype b colonized 16.4% of all children studied. More than one half of 152 children tested were excreting antibiotics at the time of admission to hospita..

View full abstract