Halting a pneumococcal pneumonia outbreak among United States Marine Corps trainees.

  title={Halting a pneumococcal pneumonia outbreak among United States Marine Corps trainees.},
  author={Nancy F Crum and Mark R. Wallace and Carla R Lamb and Ava Marie S. Conlin and Dennis E. Amundson and Patrick E Olson and Margaret A K Ryan and Ted J Robinson and Gregory C Gray and Kenneth C. Earhart},
  journal={American journal of preventive medicine},
  volume={25 2},
BACKGROUND Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonia in all age groups. Identifying outbreaks of pneumococcal disease and key risk factors may lead to improvements in vaccination and prevention strategies for high-risk groups. A significant outbreak of S. pneumoniae pneumonia that occurred among Marine recruits is reported here. METHODS An outbreak was investigated using standard microbiologic procedures and epidemiologic evaluation to define the extent of the… CONTINUE READING

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