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Cause of hospital pneumonia often misdiagnosed

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HOSPITAL patients who develop pneumonia may be being treated with the wrong antibiotics. Pneumonia is often blamed on common infections such as pseudomonas or candida because they are found elsewhere on the patient, but that’s not always right, says Didier Raoult, a clinical microbiologist at the University Hospital in Marseille, France. After looking at 210 patients who developed pneumonia in hospital, he concluded that lethal but lesser-known microbes that standard tests fail to spot were probably responsible for a quarter of the cases. The research will appear next month in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The pathogens,