Intrafamily Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae and the Protective Power of Vaccination
Received Date: Sep 25, 2013 / Accepted Date: Oct 14, 2013 / Published Date: Oct 16, 2013
In May 2010 a young boy (16 months) developed clinical signs of conjunctivitis, a running nose and a cough. In a swab taken from the conjunctiva a mucoid Streptococcus pneumoniae (serotype 3) could be grown. Subsequently his father became severely ill with high fevers and bronchitis. A mucoid Streptococcus pneumoniae (serotype 3) could be isolated from the purulent sputum. The mother of the boy who took care of both patients did not develop any clinical symptoms. At the time of the onset of disease the boy already had completed the locally recommended basic vaccination routine against pneumococci (4 injections, 3×PCV7, 1×PCV13). The father of the boy was not vaccinated against pneumococci. The mother had been vaccinated against pneumococci in 2006 (PPV23). The likely origin of the serotype 3 strain is the day-care group of the boy consisting of four children altogether.
Keywords: Infectious outbreak; Streptococcus pneumoniae, PCV, vaccination
Citation: Burckhardt I (2013) Intrafamily Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae and the Protective Power of Vaccination. Epidemiol 3:138. Doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000138
Copyright: © 2013 Burckhardt I. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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