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What is Streptococcus Pneumonia?
Streptococcus pneumonia, or pneumococcus, resides asymptomatically in healthy carriers typically colonizing the respiratory tract, sinuses, and nasal cavity. However, in susceptible individuals with weaker immune systems, such as the elderly and young children, the bacterium may become pathogenic and spread to other locations to cause disease. It spreads by direct person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets and by autoinoculation in persons carrying the bacteria in their upper respiratory tract. Streptococcus pneumonia is the main cause of community acquired pneumonia and meningitis in children and the elderly, and of septicaemia in those infected with HIV. The organism also causes many types of pneumococcal infections other than pneumonia. These pneumococcal diseases include bronchitis, rhinitis, otitis media, conjunctivitis, meningitis, sepsis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, endocarditis, peritonitis, pericarditis, cellulitis, and brain abscess.
What are the symptoms of Pneumococcal Infection?
The symptoms of a pneumococcal infection can vary, depending on the type of infection you have. Common symptoms include:
Why do I need this Test?
Streptococcus pneumonia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally causing more deaths than any other infectious disease. Early diagnosis can be vital so that treatment can start before more serious complications arise. If you test positive, your doctor can assess whether you need treatment or not and/or if you need to be admitted to hospital.
How do I perform the Test?
It is very simple – just collect a urine sample in a clean container and use the enclose pipette to transfer 3 drops of urine onto the sample well of the test cassette. You will then be able to read the results after 15 minutes. A positive or negative result is indicated by 2 or only 1 line in the test window respectively.
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What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can occur at any age but it is most likely to affect young children and young adults. Thankfully, it is a rare illness but although some cases are mild, meningitis can be fatal if not dealt […]