Friday, January 30, 2009

Meningitis Pnemonia is Drug Resistant

According to University of Pittsburgh research published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, a childhood vaccine once reduced rates of a deadly bacterial disease that causes brain swelling in children and adults. The bad news is that overuse of antibiotics is allowing the pneumococcal bacteria to build drug resistance, causing rates of pneumococcal meningitis to appear.

Two things are happening: Among the cases that occur, drugs are resistant there’s an emergence of pneumococcal strains not included in the original vaccine.

Pneumococcal meningitis happens when the bacteria that causes pneumonia infect spinal fluid. It is more common in children younger than 2 whose immune systems don't build natural resistance to the bacteria.

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