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Journal of Evidence Based Medicine and Healthcare
BACKGROUND Lower respiratory tract infections are quite common in the general population occurring with increased frequency in older individuals and younger children and those with chronic diseases or compromised immune function. Aetiologic diagnosis of the responsible pathogen is made by culture of respiratory tract secretions or by isolation of a compatible organism from blood (or pleural fluid) cultures. While a positive blood or pleural fluid culture definitely identifies the pathogen, andoi:10.18410/jebmh/2017/33 fatcat:yykepiqul5fbfllox6n6ggbjxe