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Pneumococcal disease: More cases but fewer deaths
Date:5/7/2012

ra Gtaland region.

"This may be due to different routines for admitting patients from nursing homes to hospital and how often blood cultures are performed," he explains.

More cases, fewer deaths

Over the past 45 years the number of cases of severe pneumococcal disease diagnosed in the Gothenburg area has tripled from 5 to 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per year. This is probably because many more blood cultures are performed these days, meaning that more cases are detected. Erik Backhaus' thesis shows that the risk of dying as a result of serious pneumococcal disease has fallen sharply since the 1960s, especially among children and young adults.

It is hoped that the recently introduced pneumococcal vaccination as part of the standard child immunisation programme will reduce the number of infections among both children and adults.


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Contact: Erik Backhaus
erik.backhaus@vgregion.se
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert  

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