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Household transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Alberta, Canada.

This paper describes outbreaks of multidrug resistant S. pneumoniae (MDRSP) in three married couples in Calgary. While outbreaks of S. pneumoniae have been reported from a variety of community settings, cases within households have rarely been reported. Outbreaks of the disease occur in institutions with crowding, poor air quality, or increased host susceptibility. These factors may also exist within households. Increased use of S. pneumoniae vaccine may prevent MDRSP pneumonia within households and among people living in crowded conditions. Emerging Infectious Diseases 1999;5(1):154-157.