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New threat from pneumococcal bug

14th April 2008
Data suggests that cases of infections in children caused by a pneumococcal type of bacteria are increasing in England and Wales.

Although a vaccine was introduced in 2006, it does not combat the new strain, which can cause meningitis and pneumonia. Dr David Spencer, a consultant respiratory paediatrician in Newcastle, said: "Overall there have been very dramatic benefits from vaccination but we're dealing with constantly shifting sands and surveillance will help us plan for the future."

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