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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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Laboratory confirmation of bacterial meningitis*

Category PCR positive
(n = 243) PCR negative
(n = 165) Total
(n = 408)
CSF culture
Positive 41 0 41
Negative
202
165
367
Latex agglutination test
Positive 53 3 56
Negative 190 162 352

*Specimens positive for individual assays and combinations of assays. CSF, cerebrospinal fluid.

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