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WHO to follow UCT's lead
Young children participating in studies on childhood bacterial pneumonia in future can expect to suffer less discomfort and indignity. This after the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to change its recommendation after a study was completed at UCT.

The study looked at the type of swabs that are used in the detection of one of the main causes of childhood bacterial pneumonia. Instead of endorsing the use of swabs with either a calcium alginate or Dacron polyester tip, the WHO working group will advise researchers to use flocked swabs, following a UCT study that found these swabs were not only more comfortable for the children, but also far more effective for the recovery and detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), which is responsible for more than 40% of all bacterial pneumonia cases worldwide ...

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Excerpt from UCT Monday Monthly 18 Nov 2013