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1 Diagnostic Testing for Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) and Influenza Norman Moore, Ph.D. Director of Clinical Affairs

2 Objectives Discuss the etiological agents for pneumonia and which age groups are most prone to the infection. Describe what clinical samples should be taken and how they should be transported to the laboratory for analysis State the diagnostic testing methods recommended for community-acquired pneumonia and influenza Show how influenza can lead to pneumonia

3 Infectious Disease in the US 1970: William Stewart, the Surgeon General of the United States declared the U.S. was “ready to close the book on infectious disease as a major health threat”; modern antibiotics, vaccination, and sanitation methods had done the job. 1995: Infectious disease had again become the third leading cause of death, and its incidence is still growing! Pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and the major cause of death from infectious disease in the US.

4 Current Number of Pneumonia Cases (US) 37 million ambulatory care visits per year for acute respiratory infections (physician and ER visits combined) Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) –Each year million cases of CAP result in ~ 10 million physician visits & 500,000 hospitalizations in the US –Average mortality is 10-25% in hospitalized patients with CAP Nosocomial Pneumonia –Standard definition: onset of symptoms occurs approx 3 days after admission –250, ,000 cases of nosocomial pneumonia per year – % mortality rate

5 Etiological Agents Newborns (0 to 30 days) –Group B Streptococcus, Lysteria monocytogenes, or Gram negative rods are common –RSV in premature babies Infants and toddlers –90% of lower respiratory tract infections are viral with the most common being RSV, Influenza A&B, and parainfluenza. Bacterial infections are rare, but could be S. pneumoniae, Hib, or S. aureus.

6 Etiological Agents Outpatient –S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, M. pneumoniae, C. pneumoniae, and respiratory viruses Inpatient (non-ICU) –With the above agents, add L. pneumophila Inpatient (ICU) –S. pneumoniae, S. aureus, L. pneumophila, Gram- negative bacteria, and H. influenzae

7 Streptococcus pneumoniae Types – Over 90 serotypes exist, with 88% of disease covered in the 23-valent vaccine Incidence – 100,000 to 135,000 cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization up to the year 2000 –Around 80% of CAP –Cases are dropping due to the S. pneumoniae vaccine Transmission – Person to person Risk groups – The young and elderly Most common identification – Blood culture and sputum culture

8 Haemophilus influenzae Types – The original risk was H. influenzae Type B (Hib), but vaccine has dramatically reduced pneumonia due to Hib, but other types and non-typeable strains still cause disease Incidence – Variable Transmission – Person to person Risk groups – The young and elderly Most common identification – Blood culture and sputum culture

9 Chlamydia pneumoniae Incidence – Overall is unknown, but in the literature, it seems to go in cycles so high incidence in some years and low in others. –Can be considered 3 rd most common etiological agent in respiratory tract infections of young adults behind Mycoplasma pneumoniae and influenza Transmission – Person to person Risk groups – All age groups, but more common in school-age children. Most common identification – Serology Personal contact with Barry Fields – Chief of Respiratory infections from CDC – rates of C. pneumoniae have been extremely low for years and he currently doesn’t view this as a significant infection.

10 Mycoplasma pneumoniae Incidence – Estimated 2 million cases and 100,000 pneumonia related hospitalizations in US Transmission – Person to person by respiratory secretions, usually close contact –Outbreaks in crowded conditions like military and college which can last several months Risk groups – All age groups, but more common in school-age children and young adults. –Most common etiological agent for adults younger than 30 Most common identification - Serology

11 Legionella pneumophila Incidence – Estimates vary greatly from 15,000 per year to 100,000 per year in US Transmission – Contaminated water –Outbreaks in hospitals, ships, hotels, etc. Risk groups – Usually elderly, smokers Most common identification – Urinary antigen

12 Viral pneumonia Adults may get viral pneumonia by “influenza, adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, parainfluenza, varicella, rubeola, or respiratory syncytial virus, particularly during epidemics” –Viral pneumonia, especially influenza, may cause a secondary bacterial disease, such as pneumococcal pneumonia

13 Influenza A&B Impact of influenza in the US –Hospitalizations up from 114,000 to 226,000 –36,000 deaths annually –Influenza target population: 188MM in US 5-20% of US population affected by influenza each year Most deaths affect elderly and young children –Also affects otherwise healthy individuals

14 Influenza Treatment Antiviral drugs are available –Must be administered within 48 hr of onset of symptoms –Generally reduce duration of symptoms by one day –First generation drugs (amantidine, rimantidine) are cheaper but only treat influenza A –Second generation drugs (Tamiflu ®, Relenza ® ) are more expensive but treat both influenza A and B –Reason to differentiate between influenza A and B

15 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Almost all children with have RVS by their second birthday –25% to 40% will have signs or symptoms of bronchiolitis or pneumonia –0.5% to 2% will require hospitalization –Recovery is in 1 to 2 weeks, but they can spread virus for 1 to 3 weeks The elderly can get a usually mild RSV infection due to a weakened immune system –Rapid tests are not recommended on this population

16 Specimen Collection

17 Swab collection Swab should remain moist and cultured within 4 hours If longer than 4 hours to get to culturing, should use transport medium Refrigeration, not frozen

18 Sputum Collection Quality of specimen –Care should be taken in collection since a lower respiratory tract sample can be contaminated with upper unless collected by an invasive technique Collection –Patient is instructed to give a deep coughed specimen Put into sterile container, trying to minimize saliva Transport to lab immediately –Patient unable to give specimen can be given an aerosol- induced specimen

19 Blood culture Usually done with fever spike Standard is to take two sets of blood cultures one hour apart

20 Urine Urine can be used for Legionella and Streptococcus pneumoniae –Antigen test –Noninvasive sample –Does not need to be qualified like a sputum sample

21 Influenza Sample Collection Appropriate specimens –Nasal wash/aspirate, nasopharyngeal swab, or nasal swab –Throat swabs have dramatically reduced sensitivity Samples should be collected within first 24 to 48 hours of symptoms since that is when viral titers are highest and antiviral therapy is effective Testing can be done immediately with rapids or sample placed in transport media –Infectivity is maintained up to 5 days when 4- 8°C –If the sample cannot be evaluated in this time period, the sample should be -70°C.

22 Diagnostic Methods Available

23 Infectious Disease Society of America/American Thoracic Society Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults (2007) Diagnostic Testing –Suggestive clinical features combined with a chest radiograph or other imaging technique is required for the diagnosis of pneumonia –It is recommended that “patients with CAP should be investigated for specific pathogens that would significantly alter standard (empirical) management decisions, when the presence of such pathogens is suspected on the basis of clinical and epidemiologic clues.”

24 Infectious Disease Society of America/American Thoracic Society CAP Guidelines 2007 When to apply diagnostic tests –Optional for outpatients with CAP –Blood culture and sputum culture for inpatients with productive cough* –All adult patients with severe CAP, should have blood culture, sputum culture, Legionella urinary antigen and S. pneumoniae urinary antigen tests*

25 Common Diagnostic Tests Gram stain Sputum culture Blood culture Latex agglutination assays DFA/IFA PCR Serology Urinary antigen

26 Gram stain Apply sample to microscope slide Apply stains & view using standard microscope Pros: Inexpensive Rapid (~15 minutes) Cons: Difficult to get good sample (50% are inadequate) Should have less than 10 squamous epithelial cells per low power field (100x) Requires trained personnel to read

27 Sputum Culture – Bacterial Culture Pros: Inexpensive Standard media for most – Sheep blood agar, MacConkey agar, and chocolate agar, BCYE for Legionella Allows for antibiotic susceptibility testing Cons: Requires live bacteria – antibiotics can affect results Difficult to get good sample Requires dedicated tech time / experienced personnel Results take 24 hours to >1 week

28 Legionella Culture Legionella –Legionella needs specific growth conditions Buffered charcoal yeast extract (BCYE) plate Clinical sample may need to be acid treated to reduce general microflora May take 3 to 10 days to get result

29 Cell culture for Chlamydia pneumoniae Chlamydia cultures should be transported in 2-sucrose phosphate or other transport medium Use HeLa cell line rather than McCoy that is used for C. trachomitis May take 3 to 10 days and is labor-intensive

30 Culture for Mycoplasma pneumoniae Specialty media May take over 3 weeks for result –Vial is inspected daily and is prone to contamination (usually indicated by color shift in first 5 days) –Needs subculturing to agar –Highly labor intensive

31 Blood Culture Pros:Inexpensive Allows for antibiotic susceptibility testing High specificity Cons:Requires live bacteria – antibiotics can affect results Requires dedicated tech time / experienced personnel Results take 24 hours to >1 week Many bacterial infections don’t progress to bacteremia

32 Latex Agglutination Detecting antigen associated w/certain serogroups Polystyrene latex particles coated with antibodies Pros: Relatively simple Rapid (~15 minutes) Cons: Does not detect all serogroups of S. pneumoniae Procedure associated with urine is cumbersome Interpretation of results can be subjective

33 Fluorescent Antibody (DFA/IFA) Performed directly from sample on microscope slide –Sputum, pleural fluid, aspirated material, or tissue Add fluorescent-tagged antibody specific for specific bacteria Observe for fluorescence using a special microscope Pros: Relatively quick turn around time (~1 hour) Cons: More labor intensive than rapid tests Requires trained technologist and special microscope Few labs equipped to perform DFA on 2 nd /3 rd shifts Sensitivity can be poor (25% to 75% on Legionella)

34 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Molecular technique using a clinical sample Extract and amplify nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) of specific pathogen Pros:Extremely sensitive – can detect one microorganism Detects both live and dead pathogens Cons:Requires highly trained technologist, expensive equipment More labor intensive than rapid tests Prone to cross-contamination (false positives)

35 Serology Chlamydia pneumoniae –Measurement usually of acute and convalescent serum A four-fold rise in titer is considered diagnostic –A single IgM titer of 16 or greater or IgG of 512 or greater is considered suggestive of recent infection Mycoplasma pneumoniae –A fourfold rise from acute to convalescent serum or complement fixation titer of 1:128 in single serum specimen

36 Urinary antigen Tests are available for S. pneumoniae and L. pneumophila serogroup 1 With Legionella, antigen appears in the urine 1 to 3 days after infection Noninvasive sample Easy-to-use

37 Test Procedure for Urinary Antigen Collect urine sample (no pre-treatment i.e. concentrating, boiling, filtering, etc.) Open device pouch and lay flat Dip provided sampling swab into urine Place swab in lower hole of swab well and push up Add required number of drops of Reagent A (2 drops for Legionella test and 3 for S. pneumoniae) Close device Wait 15 minutes Interpret results

38 Diagnostic Methods for Influenza Culture DFA PCR Rapid Tests

39 Viral Culture Pro –Highly sensitive as long as sample is properly handled Con –Can’t give same day result to help monitor therapy –High level of difficult/equipment

40 DFA Pro –Usually considered to have high level of sensitivity –Can usually test for other respiratory pathogens at the same time –Results can be achieved in same day Con –Labor intensive needed experienced users –Turn-around time from lab usually takes many hours

41 PCR Pro –For respiratory specimens, high performance –Same day results Con –Turn around time from lab is extensive, especially if batching specimens –Expensive –Requires experienced technicians, labs, dedicated equipment, etc.

42 Rapid Tests Pro –Tests take minimal time –Some tests are so simple that they can be CLIA- waived –Can be used to triage patients –Positive results can be used to rule out other issues like pneumonia so don’t give unnecessary chest x-ray, antibiotics, etc. Con –Performance is not as good as culture, PCR, and DFA

43 The Connection Between Influenza and S. pneumoniae

44 Pandemic outbreaks In 1957 and 1968 influenza pandemic outbreaks, it was shown that a bacterial agent was present in approximately 70% of the serious (life-threatening or death) cases. In contrast, in non-pandemic years, only 25% of serious cases had a secondary bacterial infection.

45 Synergy Between Influenza and S. pneumoniae Influenza neuraminidase found to prime lung for S. pneumoniae invasion. –S. pneumoniae has its own neuraminidase that it uses to promote binding to cells. –In a mouse model, if neuraminidase inhibitors were added, then mortality went down. Recombinant versions of influenza strains of past 50 years were made. –1957 and 1997 pandemic strains that were related to bacterial pneumonia had highest levels of neuraminidase activity.

46 S. pneumoniae and Penicillin

47 Penicillin Breakpoint IV Penicillin –Less expensive than broad spectrum antibiotics –Reduce broad spectrum antibiotic resistance –Less liver/kidney resistance Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) (mcg/mL) Susceptible (S)Intermediate (I)Resistant (R) Updated≤24≥8 Previous≤ ≥2

48 Reference Mandell, L.A., R.G. Wunderink, A. Anzueto, J.G. Bartlett, G.D. Campbell, N.C. Dean, S.F. Dowell, T.M. File, D.M. Musher, M.S. Niederman, A. Torres, and C.G. Whitney. “Infectious Diseases Society of America/American Thoracic Society Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults.” Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2007; 44:S Murray, P.R., E.J. Baron, J.H. Jorgensen, M.A. Pfaller, and R.H. Yolken. Manual of Clinical Microbiology 8 th Edition. Forbes, B.A., D.F. Sahm, and A.S. Weissfeld. Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology 12 th Edition.


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