Bacteriology of Acute Respiratory Infections in Children

Sivadasan, K and Paramasivan, C N and Datta, Manjula and Vallishayee , R S and Gopi, P G and Prabhakar, R (1987) Bacteriology of Acute Respiratory Infections in Children. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, 5 (4). pp. 237-244. ISSN Print: 0255-0857; Online: 1998-3646

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Bacteriological investigations were carried out on 151 children (80 males and 71 females) suffering from acute respiratory infections (ARI) to And out bacteria associated with ARI. Fifty one children presenting with upper respiratory infections (URI) and 100 with lower respiratory infections (LRI) seen at the outpatient department of the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Madras, were included in this study. In all, 56% of the children yielded any one or a mixture of bacteria that could be potential or probable pathogens of ARI. Nonfermenting gram negative bacilli (NFGNB) were the predominant organisms isolated (27%) followed by non-typable ampicillin resistant Haemophilus influenzae (13%) and b. haemolytic streptococci groups C and G (11%). The other bacteria isolated in this study were Klebsiella pneumoniae (7%), Streptococcus pneumoniae (3%), Neisseria sps. pure (3%) and Staphylococcus aureus (1%). The isolation rate of NFGNB was maximum (47%) when the duration of illness exceeded 7 days. Mixed infections of potential or probable pathogens were observed in 11 patients which included NFGNB + K. pneumoniae (2); H. influenzae + NFGNB (2); b- haemolytic streptococci + H. influenzae (2); b- haemolytic streptococci + K. pneumoniae (1) ; S. aureus + K. pneumoniae (1) ; Neisseria sp. + K. pneumoniae (2) and NFGNB + b- haemolytic streptococci + H. influenzae (1).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Laboratory Research > Bacteriological
Divisions: Basic Science Research > Bacteriology
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 10:36

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