Etiology and occurrence of acute bacterial meningitis in children in Benghazi Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
AbstractOver a 14-month period, 77 children with a presumptive diagnosis of acute bacterial meningitis were investigated. The incidence of acute bacterial meningitis was 0.8%, with a case fatality rate of 13.0%. Children pound 1 year of age were more affected [64.9%]. The total male to female ratio was 1.2:1. Gram stain detected more cases [85.7%] than culture [66.2%]. A total of 48 isolates were identified by culture and their antibiotic sensitivity was determined. Haemophilus influenzae [33.8%] was the predominant organism identified, followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae [26.0%], Klebsiella spp. [6.5%] and Neisseria meningitidis [2.6%]. Many of the bacterial isolates were sensitive to gentamicin, cefotaxime and ceftriaxone and least sensitive to tetracycline and ampicillin
Kao, Bandane N. (1998). Etiology and occurrence of acute bacterial meningitis in children in Benghazi Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117750
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 4 (1), 50-57, 1998
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