Special properties of pneumococci affect their ability to cause meningitis

Posted by on June 29, 2016 2:02 pm
Categories: health

Structures on the surface of pneumococci determine the ability of these bacteria to enter the brain and cause severe infections, according to a new paper. Their findings suggest that certain pneumococci that are small in size, and which have a special protein on their surface, can more easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and cause meningitis that may be lethal.

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