Solid organ transplant recipients are at significantly greater risk for invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) than the general population, according to Canadian researchers.

Using the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network surveillance program, a team led by Deepali Kumar, MD, of the University of Toronto, identified 21 cases of IPD based on sterile-site isolates in their organ-transplant population over a 10-year period, which translated into an incidence of 146 infections per 100,000 persons per year, according to a report in the American Journal of Transplantation (2007; published online ahead of print).

The incidence was 11.5 per 100,000 persons per year in the general population.

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