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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 3, 2001

Outbreak of Pneumococcal Pneumonia Among Unvaccinated Residents of a Nursing Home—New Jersey, April 2001

JAMA. 2001;286(13):1570-1571. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1570

MMWR. 2001;50:707-710

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On April 24, 2001, seven cases of pneumococcal pneumonia with bacteremia among residents of a nursing home were reported to the Hamilton Township Department of Health, New Jersey; all seven diagnoses were confirmed with blood cultures positive for Streptococcus pneumoniae. Illness onset among the residents occurred during April 3-24; four residents died. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) was notified on April 24 and initiated an investigation to identify additional cases and implement control efforts. This report summarizes results of the investigation, which underscore the importance of providing pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV) to elderly residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

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