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A new superbug that causes meningitis and pneumonia in kids has public health officials worried: Serotype 19A of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium eludes most antibiotics and a vaccine intended to prevent infection.
Rates of meningitis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections from the dangerous strain have increased from 2 in 100,000 children in 2001 to more than 10 per 100,000, the New York Times reports today. At the same time, life-threatening infections among the elderly have gone up fourfold, the newspaper notes.
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