A group of 99 babies born in hospital and subsequently transferred to the special care unit were examined for the presence of candidas orally. The rate of isolation rose from 6% neonatally to 53% on day 14 of life. Among infants who did not harbour the organisms when discharged from hospital, colonization rapidly took place so that 79% did so at 4 weeks of age, after which the rate fell to 50% at one year of age. The low incidence of clinical candidosis suggests that in these babies as in other groups C. albicans is normally a harmless commensal.
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