High rate of Simkania negevensis among Canadian Inuit infants hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infections

Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 1.64). 02/2003; 35(8):506-8. DOI: 10.1080/00365540310014648
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ABSTRACT To determine the prevalence of Simkania negevensis in causing pulmonary infections in children, nasopharyngeal washes were obtained from 22 infants hospitalized with acute bronchiolitis in the Baffin Island, Canada. 14 (63.6%) were positive for S. negevensis. Mixed infections with other respiratory viruses were common. All patients recovered without specific antibiotic treatment. Even though a high prevalence of S. negevensis was found, this organism may potentially well be an opportunistic agent rather than a true pathogen.

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