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Neonatal group B streptococcal septicaemia in a developing country.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3300149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During a 3-year study at the neonatal intensive care unit, University Hospital of the West Indies, the incidence of group B streptococcal (GBS) septicaemia was 13.6/1,000 admissions and 1.4/1,000 live births. GBS accounted for 35% of blood culture isolates and was the most frequent cause of septicaemia. Underlying disease or other possible predisposing factors were identified in 16 of 25 neonates with GBS septicaemia. Comparison of early onset and late onset disease indicated an increased incidence of prematurity, prolonged rupture of membranes, and respiratory distress in the former and a predominance of meningitis associated cases in the latter. Mortality was 50% for early onset cases, 29% for late onset cases and 36% overall. Antimicrobial therapy and preventive measures which may be appropriate for a developing country are discussed.
D E Macfarlane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0001-656X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Publication Date:  1987 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-08-11     Completed Date:  1987-08-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0000211     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr Scand     Country:  SWEDEN    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  470-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Developing Countries*
Infant, Newborn
Prospective Studies
Sepsis / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Streptococcal Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Streptococcus agalactiae / isolation & purification

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