Pathogens

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Precautions

Standard Precautions

Antibiogram Data

General information

Encapsulated lancet-shaped gram positive diplococci

Normal flora and important cause of invasive disease, often vaccine preventable

  • Community-acquired pneumonia

  • Bacteremia

  • Meningitis

Rarely:

  • Endocarditis

  • MSK

The lab reports susceptibility based on breakpoints for meningitis - which means drug levels achieved for treating pneumonia may be sufficient even though it may be reported as resistant.

Invasive pneumococcal disease is a reportable disease.

PCR testing is available for CSF