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FactSheet : Pneumococcal disease Volume 13 Issue 3

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 13(3) 58 - 58 Published: 2002

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Pneumococcal disease is caused by infection with the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. This infection can cause a range of illnesses, the most common including: pneumonia (infection of the lungs); otitis media (infection of the middle ear); and meningitis (infection of the membranes around the brain). Other bacteria can also cause these diseases.