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Pleural fluid culture remains negative in 40% of aspirates. Streptococcal species account for 50% of positive cultures with the other 50% comprising Staphylococcus species, anaerobes, and gram-negative organisms.

In hospital-acquired infections, methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may account for up to 66% of cases.




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