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June 1979

Pneumococcal Sepsis and Pneumonia in the Neonate

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neonatology, Royal Alexandra Hospital; and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta Medical School, Edmonton.

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(6):601-602. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130060041007

• Two neonates had early onset Diplococcus pneumoniae septicemia and pneumonia. Both recovered after intensive respiratory and antibiotic therapy, although a review of the literature indicates that early pneumococcal septicemia has been associated with an extremely high mortality. Pneumococcal septicemia in a one-year period accounted for 12% of all documented neonatal bacteremias. This may indicate an increasing incidence of this organism in newborns.

(Am J Dis Child 133:601-602, 1979)

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