In children under 5 years of age, presenting to the paediatric emergency room with clinical and radiological findings of pneumonia, viridans streptococci were isolated in 10/33 positive haemocultures as the only microorganism. Viridans streptococci should therefore not be ruled out as a cause of pneumonia.
- CAP, community acquired pneumonia
- VS, viridans streptococci
- viridans streptococci
- blood culture
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Published Online First 31 May 2006