This study analysed the clinical and bacteriological patterns of paediatric bacteraemia in a university hospital, by a review of 213 episodes over a period of 7 y. Streptococcus pneumoniae was the most frequent aetiological agent after the neonatal period and Streptococcus agalactiae in neonatal sepsis. Almost half of pneumococci and meningococci were penicillin non-susceptible. Four neonatal deaths attributed to bacteraemia were recorded. Conclusion: Streptococcus pneumoniae is the leading cause of community-acquired bacteraemia. Mortality due to bacteraemia in children without underlying conditions is rare.
|Journal||Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2003|