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Published on 15 September 2009

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European burden of pneumococcal disease

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A mounting body of new data being presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) on 12-15 September, focus on a particular strain of pneumococcal disease and its increasing prevalence in Europe and around the world.

Pneumococcal disease is the leading vaccine-preventable cause of death worldwide in children younger than 5 years and accounts for up to 1 million deaths in children.

More than 20 abstracts being presented at the conference focus on pneumococcal serotype 19A, which is increasing in prevalence around the globe, frequently virulent, and antibiotic resistant.



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