Pneumonia associated with infection with pneumocystis, respiratory syncytial virus, chlamydia, mycoplasma, and cytomegalovirus in children in Papua New Guinea

Frank Shann, Sam Walters, Linda Pifer, Doris M. Graham, Ian Jack, Eric Uren, Douglas Birch, Neville D. Stallman

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Abstract

Paired serum samples were collected from 94 children with pneumonia admitted to Goroka Hospital, Papua New Guinea. All but three of the children were aged 1–24 months. Only nine wiu're chnw. - malnourished, with weight for age less than 70% of the Harvara median (three had weight for age less than 60% of the Harvard median). Pneumocystis carinii antigen was detected in the serum of 23 children. Twenty two children had serological evidence of recent infection with respiratory syncytial virus. Five children were probably infected with Chlamydia trachomatis at the time of the study, and there was less convincing serological evidence of current infection in a further 11 children. Five children showed a fourfold rise in antibody to Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Although only one child showed a fourfold rise in antibody to cytomegalovirus, 86 children had this antibody. No child showed a fourfold rise in antibody to Ureaplasma urealyticum or Legionella pneumophila. P carinii, respiratory syncytial virus, C trachomatis, M pneumoniae, and cytomegalovirus may be important causes of pneumonia in children in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-317
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.)
Volume292
Issue number6516
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1986

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Pneumocystis Infections
Papua New Guinea
Respiratory Syncytial Viruses
Chlamydia
Mycoplasma
Cytomegalovirus
Pneumonia
Antibodies
Ureaplasma urealyticum
Pneumocystis carinii
Weights and Measures
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections
Legionella pneumophila
Mycoplasma pneumoniae
Time and Motion Studies
Chlamydia trachomatis
Serum
Developing Countries

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Pneumonia associated with infection with pneumocystis, respiratory syncytial virus, chlamydia, mycoplasma, and cytomegalovirus in children in Papua New Guinea. / Shann, Frank; Walters, Sam; Pifer, Linda; Graham, Doris M.; Jack, Ian; Uren, Eric; Birch, Douglas; Stallman, Neville D.

In: British Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.), Vol. 292, No. 6516, 01.02.1986, p. 314-317.

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Shann, Frank ; Walters, Sam ; Pifer, Linda ; Graham, Doris M. ; Jack, Ian ; Uren, Eric ; Birch, Douglas ; Stallman, Neville D. / Pneumonia associated with infection with pneumocystis, respiratory syncytial virus, chlamydia, mycoplasma, and cytomegalovirus in children in Papua New Guinea. In: British Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.). 1986 ; Vol. 292, No. 6516. pp. 314-317.
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