Viral-bacterial co-infection in Australian Indigenous children with acute otitis media

Michael Binks, Allen Cheng, Heidi Smith-Vaughan, Theo Sloots, Michael Nissen, David Whiley, Joseph McDonnell, Amanda Leach

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Background Acute otitis media with perforation (AOMwiP) affects 40 of remote Indigenous children during the first 18 months of life. Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis are the primary bacterial pathogens of otitis media and their loads predict clinical ear state. Our hypothesis is that antecedent respiratory viral infection increases bacterial density and progression to perforation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 8
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Issue numberArt. No: 161
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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