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Volume 14, Number 10—October 2008


Microbial Interactions during Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

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Medscape, LLC is pleased to provide online continuing medical education (CME) for this journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit. Medscape, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME for physicians. Medscape, LLC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other clinicians completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To participate in this journal CME activity: (1) review the learning objectives and author disclosures; (2) study the education content; (3) take the post-test and/or complete the evaluation at; (4) view/print certificate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common bacterial isolates from children with upper respiratory infection
  • Specify significant interactions between colonizing bacteria during upper respiratory infection
  • Identify variables associated with higher rates of colonization with Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Specify which bacteria is more common in the nasopharynx of children who attend day care

CME Editor

Beverly Merritt, Technical Writer-Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: Beverly Merritt has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

Charles P. Vega, MD, Associate Professor; Residency Director, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine. Disclosure: Charles P. Vega, MD, has disclosed that he has served as an advisor or consultant to Novartis, Inc.


Disclosures: Melinda M. Pettigrew, PhD; Janneane F. Gent, PhD; Krystal Revai, MD; Janak A. Patel, MD; and Tasnee Chonmaitree, MD, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


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