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The Pneumococcal Pilus Predicts the Absence of <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> Co-Colonization in Pneumococcal Carriers

Gili Regev-Yochay, Marc Lipsitch, Alan Basset, Ethan Rubinstein, Ron Dagan, Meir Raz and Richard Malley

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 48, issue 6, pages 760-763
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/597040
The Pneumococcal Pilus Predicts the Absence of Staphylococcus aureus Co-Colonization in Pneumococcal Carriers

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The determinants of the negative association between Streptococcus pneumoniae and Stapylococcus aureus colonization are unknown. In this matched case-control study, the odds of co-colonization with S. aureus were significantly lower for individuals carrying a piliated versus a nonpiliated S. pneumoniae strain, suggesting the pilus may be a determinant of the negative association.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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