Streptococcus pneumoniae

Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae) which is commonly found in the nose and throat. It can cause infection of the lungs (pneumonia), blood (bacteremia), the membrane that covers the brain (meningitis) and the middle ear. Every year, thousands of people need hospital treatment and many die because of pneumococcal disease.


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Last Reviewed: 8/10/2017