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Pneumococcal infection in the newborn.
  1. R A Primhak,
  2. M S Tanner,
  3. R C Spencer
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Sheffield.


    Two fatal cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in the newborn are reported, both acquired from the maternal vagina. The rarity of vaginal carriage of pneumococcus suggests that this organism has a higher invasion to colonisation ratio than group B streptococcus and maternal carriage or neonatal colonisation should be more aggressively treated.

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