Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in an Urban Slum Community

This article, published in the Journal of Infection, discusses a study of pneumococcal carriage among residents of a slum community in Salvador, Brazil. Inhabitants of slum settlements represent a significant proportion of the population at risk for pneumococcal disease in developing countries. The study's findings indicate that there is significant intra- and inter-household spread of Streptococcus pneumoniae in the slum community setting. However, a limited number of clones encountered during carriage among slum residents were found to cause invasive disease. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author(s): Reis JN, Palma T, Ribeiro GS, et al.

Published: 2008

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    Citation: Reis JN, Palma T, Ribeiro GS, et al. Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in an Urban Slum Community. Journal of Infection. 2008;57(3):204-213.