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Measuring nasal bacterial load and its association with otitis media

Author(s): Smith-Vaughan Heidi | Byun Roy | Nadkarni Mangala | Jacques Nicholas | Hunter Neil | Halpin Stephen | Morris Peter | Leach Amanda

Journal: BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
ISSN 1472-6815

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Abstract Background Nasal colonisation with otitis media (OM) pathogens, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis, is a precursor to the onset of OM. Many children experience asymptomatic nasal carriage of these pathogens whereas others will progress to otitis media with effusion (OME) or suppurative OM. We observed a disparity in the prevalence of suppurative OM between Aboriginal children living in remote communities and non-Aboriginal children attending child-care centres; up to 60% and
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