Bin Chang, Masatomo Morita, Ken-ichi Lee, Makoto Ohnishi
Abstract:colonizes the nasopharyngeal mucus in healthy individuals and can cause otitis media, pneumonia, and invasive pneumococcal diseases. In this study, we analyzed strains that caused 19 pneumonia episodes in long-term inpatients with severe underlying disease in a hospital during a period of 14 months (from January 2014 to February 2015). Serotyping and whole-genome sequencing analyses revealed that 18 of the 19 pneumonia cases were caused by strains belonging to 3 genetically distinct groups: clonal complex 9999…
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