Journal article

Clinical predictors of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children in The Gambia

MW Weber, J Herman, S Jaffar, S Usen, A Oparaugo, C Omosigho, RA Adegbola, BM Greenwood, EK Mulholland

TROPICAL MEDICINE & INTERNATIONAL HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2002

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bacterial meningitis is an important cause of childhood morbidity and mortality world-wide. In the developing world, where the burden of acute meningitis and its long-term sequelae are especially high, staff with limited training at primary health care facilities must be able to recognize the symptoms and signs of meningitis, so that suspected cases can be referred urgently to hospitals. METHODS: Children who presented with possible invasive bacterial infection to health facilities in The Gambia, West Africa, between 1993 and 1995 were investigated in a standardized manner and clinical findings were documented. Bacterial meningitis was defined as the growth of bacteria from the c..

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