oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Early onset meningococcal meningitis : case report

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



is a rare cause of meningitis and septicaemia in the neonatal population. Meningococcal septicaemia in neonates is divided into early-onset infection (symptoms within seven days of life) and late-onset infection (8-30 days of life). Early-onset meningococcal infection is extremely rare. We report on a case of early-onset meningitis with septicaemia in a term male infant and provide a review of the literature. This case report highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion of sepsis in the neonate.

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