Current methods for capsular typing of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

  title={Current methods for capsular typing of Streptococcus pneumoniae.},
  author={Elita Jauneikaite and Anna S. Tocheva and Johanna M. C. Jefferies and Rebecca A. Gladstone and Saul N. Faust and Myron Christodoulides and Martin L. Hibberd and Stuart C Clarke},
  journal={Journal of microbiological methods},
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major respiratory tract pathogen causing pneumococcal disease mainly in children aged less than five years and in the elderly. Ninety-eight different capsular types (serotypes) of pneumococci have been reported, but pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) include polysaccharide antigens against only 7, 10 or 13 serotypes. It is therefore important to track the emergence of serotypes due to the clonal expansion of non-vaccine serotypes. Increased numbers of carried… CONTINUE READING
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