Marked Differences in Pneumococcal Carriage and Resistance Patterns between Day Care Centers Located within a Small Area

N. Givon-Lavi, R. Dagan, D. Fraser, P. Yagupsky, N. Porat
1999 Clinical Infectious Diseases  
Carriage rates of Streptococcus pneumoniae and their antibiotic resistance, capsular types, and genetic patterns were studied among 264 children aged 12-35 months attending 8 day care centers located within a 2.5-mile radius in the same city. Nasopharyngeal cultures were obtained within a 2-month interval from all 264 children. Significant differences in each of the studied characteristics were found between day care centers, and each day care center had a unique pattern of the carried
more » ... he carried pneumococci. Our findings show that day care centers are independent microenvironments and emphasize their role in the transmission and augmentation of antibiotic-resistant S. pneumoniae in the community.
doi:10.1086/313465 pmid:10524975 fatcat:ckgypjznevenrfqgheyoyyq2oq