Potential Nonpneumococcal Confounding of PCR-Based Determination of Serotype in Carriage

Respiratory Diseases Branch Division of Bacterial Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Journal of clinical microbiology (Impact Factor: 3.99). 08/2012; 2012 Sep;50(9):3146-7(9). DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01505-12
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Monitoring pneumococcal carriage serotype distributions is increasingly used to study pneumococcal biology, disease epidemiology, and vaccine impact

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