Evaluation of binax now Streptococcus pneumoniae urinary antigen test in children in a community with a high carriage rate of pneumococcus

Richard A. Adegbola, Steven K. Obaro, Emmanuel Biney, Brian M. Greenwood

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Pneumococcal antigen was present in urine from 49 of 102 well Gambian children. Eighty-nine of the 102 were nasopharyngeal carriers of pneumococci. The positive predictive value for carriage was 96%, and the negative predictive value was 22%. The test is not useful for predicting etiology of disease in populations with a high rate of nasopharyngeal carriage of pneumococci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-719
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 2001



  • Binax NOW
  • Nasopharyngeal colonization
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Urinary antigen detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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