Etiology of Meningitis Among Patients Admitted to a Tertiary Referral Hospital in Botswana

Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA. .
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (Impact Factor: 2.72). 02/2011; 30(7):620-2. DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318210b51e
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This retrospective review evaluated records of cerebrospinal fluid samples between 2000 and 2008 at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Of the 7501 cerebrospinal fluid samples reviewed, Streptococcus pneumoniae (n = 125) and Haemophilus influenzae (n = 60) were the most common bacteria cultured. There were also 1018 cryptococcal and 44 tuberculous meningitis cases. Antimicrobial susceptibilities are described. Public health interventions could decrease the burden of meningitis in Botswana.

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