Ear Ache (S. pneumoniae)
Have you heard: ear aches are the number one cause of emergency room admission each year. Find out who gets them and why!
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All about Ear Ache (S. pneumoniae)
|It’s named after the disease process it was isolated from, pneumonia.
|They are round bacteria that measure 0.5 to 1.25 micrometers and travel in pairs, called diplococci.
|Where It Lives
|Streptococcus pneumoniae is a bacteria that causes pneumococcal infections, such as pneumonia and ear infections. They’re normal inhabitants of the respiratory tract of healthy people, but can cause disease in very young children and elderly.
|It can cause symptoms that range from runny nose, head ache, ear ache, and fever to chest pain, weakness, and confusion, depending on where the infection is located.
|The pneumococcoal vaccine comes in 4 doses.
|First isolated by Louis Pasteur in 1881 from rabies patients.
It’s widely used to teach science and to learn more about drug resistance, microbial interactions, and even bioterrorism!
Famous people who died of it:
1990: Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died of pneumonia from S. pneumoniae.