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Table 1 Characteristics of neonates with meningitis (n = 5) and sepsis (n = 2) caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis at Haydom Lutheran Hospital, Northern Tanzania, in July and August 2000

From: Nosocomial outbreak of neonatal Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis meningitis in a rural hospital in northern Tanzania

Patient characteristic Pat. 1 Pat. 2 Pat. 3 Pat. 4 Pat. 5 Pat. 6 Pat. 7
Sex F F M F F F M
Mode of delivery SVD SVD Sectio SVD SVD SVD SVD
Age at onset 8 d 7 d 8 d 15 d 24 d 14 d 13 d
Age at discharge (*death) 20 d 21 d 32 d* 21 d* 29 d* 28 d* 17 d*
Birth weight 2350 g 4000 g 3300 g 2620 g 3600 g ND 2800 g
Fever + - + + + + -
Neck stiffness - - - - - - -
Fits - - - + + + +
Bulging fontanel - - - + + - -
S. Enteritidis in blood culture + + + + + + +
S. Enteritidis in CSF culture ND - ND + + + +
CSF WBC ND 10/μL Pus Pus >3000/μL ND 32/μL
Clinical diagnosis        
   - Meningitis - - + + + + +
   - Septicemia + + + - - + +
   - Malaria + + - - + - -
Outcome Alive Alive Death Death Death Death Death
  1. Pat. = Patient, F = Female, M = Male, SVD = Spontaneous vaginal delivery, d = Days, "+" = Present, "-" = Absent, CSF = Cerebrospinal fluid, ND = No data, WBC = White blood cells