Author(s): Gray KJ, Bennett SL, French N, Phiri AJ, Graham SM
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Abstract Group B streptococci (GBS) are a recently identified cause of neonatal sepsis in Malawi. In Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi, during May 2004-June 2005, GBS were isolated from routine blood and cerebrospinal fluid cultures from 57 infants. The incidence of early (EOD) and late onset (LOD) invasive GBS disease was 0.92 and 0.89 cases per 1,000 live births, respectively. Sepsis (52\%) was the most common manifestation of EOD; meningitis (43\%) and sepsis (36\%) were the principal manifestations of LOD. The case-fatality rate was 33\% overall (38\% EOD, 29\% LOD). Serotypes Ia and III were responsible for 77\% of disease. All isolates were susceptible to penicillin, but 21\% were resistant to erythromycin. The rate and manifestations of neonatal GBS disease in Malawi are similar to those in industrialized countries, but the case-fatality rate is higher than in industrialized countries. Effective locally relevant prevention strategies are needed.
This article was published in Emerg Infect Dis
and referenced in Journal of Cell Science & Therapy