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Streptococcus Pneumoniae Septicemia
Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more
A lot of things...: 1. Different genus based on genetics 2. Different reaction when gown on sheep blood agar plates 3. E faecalis is found mostly in stool. 4. E faecalis is associated with healthcare acquire infections, uti's and intra abdominal infections while s. Pneumoniae is associated with pbeumonias, meningitis, and blood stream infections. ...Read more
Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?
It's normal flora: I usually carry it in my own throat when I've checked it. When it makes is sick, it's somehow gotten out of control. Nobody really understands how it happens, but don't worry about "catching" it. Best wishes. ...Read more
Is streptococcus pneumoniae and streptococcus viridans the same exact bacteria? Or is it a type of viridans?
Alpha hemolytic streptococcus are non pathogenic but streptococcus pneumoniae is grouped under this group. Why?
They're pathogemic: Alpha hemolytic strep are not non-pathogenic. They include the pneumococcus (strep pnemoniae) and also viridans group strep. These all cause human disease. ...Read more
Strep pneumo can cause pneumonia, endocarditis, meningitis, ear infection and infections at other sites. Please note and vaccine is available against Strep pneumo, Pneumovac.
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How long can a blood infection, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, be in your system until the symptoms become severe? Can it be months?
Silly question- can down feathers in pillows carry germs/diseases that can live/transmit to humans such as streptococcus pneumoniae?
The filling for: Pillows (even down or feathers) goes through a sterilization process before being sold. If you are referring to a used pillow that someone else had been using, it would be potentially possible to transmit infection however in the absence of moisture it is unlikely that bacteria like strep pneumoniae would survive long enough to be transmitted. ...Read more
Heard that vancomycin doesn't absorb well, so is IV vancomycin appropriate for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection? Took vanco and levaquin (levofloxacin) for it
Yes Vancomycin: Absorbs just fine if you give it IV. For Strep pneumo infection depending on the site, Vancomycin and Levaquin (levofloxacin) would be more than enough. Though Strep pneumo is encapsulated organism and therefore can be resistant to many antibiotics, this combination should reduce that chance to very small. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
At least 2 available: The pneumoccal vaccines contain material designed to help an individual develop protective antibodies against a variety of pneumoccal strains. There are at least 2 vaccines in common use in the US. Once given, it takes weeks for the immune system to respond with new antibodies. It is not used to treat any active disease, it is used to prevent them. ...Read more
Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in my blood from sinuses. Does this mean that I will now be immunocompromised because it was a major infection?
What is the significance of raising band neutrophils and normal lymphocyte in CSF in case of "streptococcus pneumoniae " meningitis?
Meningitis: In bacterial meningitis the numbers of wbcs in the CSF is elevated and usually consists of cells in the neutrophilic series. Many labs indicate that up to 5 wbc/ml is normal, but my practice is to consider any neutrophils to be abnormal, but this must be evaluated in the context of the clinical presentation. With strep pneumoniae the protein is likely to be high and the glucose significantly low. ...Read more