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Prospective study of the incidence, aetiology and outcome of adult lower respiratory tract illness in the community
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    Lower respiratory tract infection and antibiotics
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      • Dr Mike Thomas
    Dear Editor

    The observational data presented by Macfarlane et al on the aetiology of acute lower respiratory tract illness in the community[1] confirm that the often stated assertion that these illnesses are usually caused by viral infection is incorrect. The high prevalence of bacteriological and atypical pathogens, and in particular the high prevalence of C pneumoniae in these patients is of interest and points to the n...

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