Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2015 Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]

First report of an outbreak of pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniaeserotype 6A.

Prebil K1, Beović B2, Paragi M3, Seme K4, Kastrin T3, Plesničar BK1, Petek B5, Martinčič Ž5.

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Five patients in a geropsychiatric unit of a psychiatric hospital became abruptly ill with pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 6A. Four other residents were colonized with the same serotype, which has previously not been reported in association with pneumonia outbreaks. Furthermore, serotype 6A is not included in all vaccine types, which may be important for the choice of vaccine in some settings. All isolates showed identical pulsed-field gel electrophoresis restriction patterns.


Geropsychiatry; Pneumonia; disease outbreak; Serotype 6A; Streptococcus pneumoniae

PMID: 26466838 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]