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What causes Streptococcus intermedius infection?

can you please tell me how a 2 mth old baby can become infected with streptococcus intermediush . My now 7 yr old son became infected with streptococcus intermedius when he was 2 mth old. He was full term and delivery was normal. He was a healthy birth weight. At 1 day old he received TB vaccine that subsequently became infected. Blood cultures were positive for strep intermedius. He then went on to develope sepsis. I have read that strep intermedius is a bacteria associated with dental work,tattoo, piercings. I was never given a diagnosis but the hospital said it was group b strep. How is this possible?
Wed, 19 Jun 2019
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Hi,

Streptococcus Intermedius is a normal commensal in the mouth and upper respiratory tract but can some times cause serious infections in the deeper organs. Children with low immunity are more at risk.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Anil Kumar Bhatnagar, Pediatrician, Neonatology
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What causes Streptococcus intermedius infection?

Hi, Streptococcus Intermedius is a normal commensal in the mouth and upper respiratory tract but can some times cause serious infections in the deeper organs. Children with low immunity are more at risk. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Anil Kumar Bhatnagar, Pediatrician, Neonatology