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Pneumococcus bacteria

Pneumococcal Bacteria Occuring in Pairs.

What Is Pneumoccocal Septicemia?

Pneumococcal septicemia (sepsis) is a life-threatening syndrome characterized by a cascade of systemic (body-wide) inflammatory responses to lung infection caused by bacterial infection spread to the bloodstream.

It is fatal in about 40% of cases, showing inadequate blood flow to internal organs. About 400,000 people die of sepsis each year in the United States.

Q: What is a pneumococcus?

A: A pneumococcus is an oval shaped , encapsulated, non-spore forming, gram positive bacterium of the genus Streptococcus. These bacteria usually occur in pairs.1

Infection can be prevented with pneumococcal vaccination.

What Is Pneumococcal Septicemia In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Taber’s Encyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 10th ed., Phila. []