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Pneumococcal Meningitis in Jamaican Children

Meningitis is a common clinical syndrome of invasive pneumococcal disease and occurs in 23% of cases resulting in mortality and high morbidity among Jamaican children. Local seroepidemiological studies are urgently needed to inform national vaccine decisions. As an interim plan, policymakers should consider a risk-based strategy to vaccine prophylaxis that will ensure that high risk groups such as children with Sickle cell disease are offered currently available conjugate pneumococcal vaccines.


Objective: To describe the clinical features and outcome of pneumococcal meningitis in Jamaican children.

Methods: All patients admitted to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, during the period 1995–1999, who had pneumococcus isolated from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or pleocytosis in association with a blood culture isolate of pneumococcus were selected. Demographic, clinical and laboratory data were collected.

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e-Published: 20 Sep, 2013
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