Antibiotic-resistant pneumococci carried by young children do not appear to disseminate to adult members of a closed community Academic Article uri icon


  • Although antibiotic-resistant pneumococci have been frequently detected among day care center (DCC) at- tendees, the transmission of these organisms to other members of the community has not been adequately studied. Nasopharyngeal cultures were obtained from 152 children and 244 adult members of a closed com- munity (a kibbutz) in Israel. Serotyping, antibiogram, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis were performed to determine the relatedness of isolated pneumococci. Twenty (30%) of the 66 isolates from children showed decreased susceptibility to penicillin and 9 isolates (14%) were resistant to 3 drugs. Of the 16 isolates from adults, 5 (31%) were intermediately resistant to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Resistant strains carried by DCC attendees were not isolated either from their parents or from other adult members of the community. Despite the high degree of interpersonal contact occurring in a closed community, resistant pneumococcal strains carried by DCC attendees do not appear to be easily transmitted to the adult population, which suggests the existence of an immunological barrier.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001