oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Early onset meningococcal meningitis : case report
|Article Title||Early onset meningococcal meningitis : case report|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2 University of KwaZulu-Natal, 3 University of KwaZulu-Natal and 4 Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||177 - 179|
|Keyword(s)||Early onset meningococcal meningitis|
Neisseria meningitidis 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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