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Term: Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-06-21


A ubiquitous bacterium that does not survive in the environment and is known to colonize humans as the only reservoir. This encapsulated organism is highly pathogenic and can cause severe disease in those under six years of age. It can cause potentially fatal brain infections, such as meningitis and pneumonia, in young children.

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