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Is the higher detection of these pathogens in more severely ill patients (ICU) a reflection that these pathogens cause more severe disease? Or is this a reflection of the fact that in the ICU there is more likely to be pathogen detection for other reasons? Also, given this difference in etiology in more severely ill patients should this affect the initial empiric therapy for CAP in ICU patients vs patients admitted to general medicine wards?