oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Resource-specific acute meningitis guidelines - a welcome addition : editorial

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Chronic meningitis, often caused by or , has received a great deal of attention in South Africa as its incidence has increased along with that of HIV. By comparison acute meningitis caused by a different range of pathogens, has received relatively little attention while continuing to exact a large burden of morbidity and mortality. There are a number of guidelines for acute meningitis from high resource countries but these may be less applicable to resource-limited countries like South Africa, a large proportion of whose population live in deeply rural areas with limited access to healthcare.

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