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Date:1/14/2010

t between 1997 and 2006, when the rate was 5.5 per 100,000.

From 1997 to 2006, the rate of bacterial pneumonia hospitalizations decreased 13 percent, to 244.3 per 100,000, and the rate of invasive pneumococcal disease -- pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae -- decreased 50 percent to 6.3 per 100,000.

The mean age of children hospitalized with empyema decreased from slightly more than seven in 1997 to just above six in 2006. Among children younger than 5, the rate of empyema increased 100 percent, from 3.8 per 100,000 in 1997 to 7.6 per 100,000 in 2006.

The study appears in the January issue of Pediatrics.

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The Nemours Foundation has more about children and pneumonia.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of California, Davis Children's Hospital, news release, Jan. 11, 2010


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