About the Authors

Rebecca A. Howman, Adrian K. Charles, Karen Simmer, Tobias Strunk, Peter C. Richmond, Catherine H. Cole, David P. Burgner
School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Adrian K. Charles, Angela Jacques
Women and Infants Research Foundation, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dorota A. Doherty
School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

David P. Burgner
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

David P. Burgner
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Corresponding Author

david.burgner@mcri.edu.au

Competing Interests

The authors have the following interest: BRAHMS (Thermo Fisher Scientific) provided the procalcitonin assays. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RAH AKC PCR CHC DPB. Performed the experiments: RAH AKC CHC. Analyzed the data: RAH AJ DAD. Wrote the paper: RAH AKC DAB KS TS PCR CHC.