Comparison of nasal swabs with nose blowing for community-based pneumococcal surveillance of healthy children

Amanda Leach, Elizabeth Stubbs, Kim Hare, Jemima Beissbarth, Peter Morris

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Abstract

The nasopharynx (NP) is the preferred site for detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae in young children, but NP sampling is not well tolerated. We compared nose blowing with paired nasal swabs. The sensitivity of nose blowing was 46% (95% confidence interval [CI] 38 to 56%), which increased to 94% (95% CI, 85 to 98%) for children with visible secretions. Copyright � 2008, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2081-2082
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume46
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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