High Economic Burden may also be Associated with the Disease in Latin America
Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. Pneumococcus can cause many different illnesses, ranging from sepsis to more serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, which is transmitted through the saliva or mucus of infected individuals, but infants, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
The Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), launched by Sabin in 2006, focused on pneumococcal disease awareness as well as prevention and advocacy efforts. In the five years that PACE was active, PACE reached people in more than 25 countries and helped motivate countries to introduce life-saving pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.