Streptococcus pneumoniae

  • Bronwen Roy
  • Marcel Leroi


Pyogenic bacterial meningitis is a serious and sometimes fatal condition affecting the CNS. Globally, the three major bacterial pathogens causing meningitis are Haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB), Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis. Traditional laboratory diagnosis by culture of these pathogens is slow (>36 h) and non-culture based methods such as PCR are increasingly being utilised.


Streptococcus Pneumoniae Neisseria Meningitidis Streptococcus Viridans Virulence Factor Gene Culture Negative Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyNepean HospitalPenrithAustralia

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