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Volume 14, Number 7—July 2008

Research

A Prospective Study of Etiology of Childhood Acute Bacterial Meningitis, Turkey

Mehmet Ceyhan*Comments to Author , Inci Yildirim*, Paul Balmer†, Ray Borrow†, Bunyamin Dikici‡, Mehmet Turgut§, Nese Kurt§, Aysel Aydogan¶, Cigdem Ecevit¶, Yasar Anlar#, Ozlem Gulumser#, Gonul Tanir, Nuran Salman††, Nezahat Gurler††, Nevin Hatipoglu††, Mustafa Hacimustafaoglu‡‡, Solmaz Celebi‡‡, Yavuz Coskun§§, Emre Alhan¶¶, Umit Celik¶¶, Yildiz Camcioglu††, Gulten Secmeer*, Deniz Gur##, and Steve Gray†
Author affiliations: *Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey; †Health Protection Agency North West, Manchester, United Kingdom; ‡Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey; §Firat University, Elazig, Turkey; ¶Dr. Behcet Uz Children’s Hospital, Izmir, Turkey; #Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey; **Sami Ulus Children’s Hospital, Ankara; ††Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey; ‡‡Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey; §§Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey; ¶¶Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey; ##Pediatric Microbiology Laboratory, Ankara;

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Figure 2

Distribution of bacteria causing childhood acute bacterial meningitis in different age groups. Neisseria meningitidis was the most common cause of meningitis, and the highest estimated incidence was in children <1 year of age for all 3 bacteria. The number of cases is indicated above each bar. S. pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae; Hib, Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Figure 2. Distribution of bacteria causing childhood acute bacterial meningitis in different age groups. Neisseria meningitidis was the most common cause of meningitis, and the highest estimated incidence was in children <1 year of age for all 3 bacteria. The number of cases is indicated above each bar. S. pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae; Hib, Haemophilus influenzae type b.

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