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Pneumococcal Diseasehot!Tooltip 02/08/2011 Hits: 17011
Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe a variety of conditions caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae or the pneumococcus. Older people over 75 and very young children under 5 are most at risk. The pneumococcus is responsible for disabling and potentially life-threatening diseases, such as meningitis, septicaemia (blood poisoning), and invasive pneumonia which together are known as Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD). It is also the leading cause of common, non-invasive childhood illnesses such as otitis media, sinusitis and common chest infections.