The Pneumococcus and Its Critical Role in Public Health

Godwin Oligbu*, Norman Fry, Shamez Ladhani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the commonest bacteria that cause morbidity and mortality in children and the elderly. The two extremes of age and individuals with underlying disease are particularly at risk of developing pneumococcal disease. The pneumococcus is responsible for a wide range of infectious diseases, ranging from mild, non-invasive infections such as otitis media and sinusitis, to more severe infections including pneumonia, septicemia, and meningitis. Despite the licensure of highly effective pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, the control of pneumococcal disease is still challenging. Here we describe the critical role of Streptococcus pneumoniae in public health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Invasive pneumococcal disease
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • Public health
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae


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