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Gram-Positive Bacteremia in Febrile Children under two years of Age

Author Affiliations

  • 1 College of Medicine, University of Babylon, IRAQ

Int. Res. J. Medical Sci., Volume 1, Issue (4), Pages 6-10, May,28 (2013)


This study aimed to investigate gram-positive bacteremia in febrile children according to some risk factors and to detect the types causative bacteria. One hundred sixty blood samples were collected from children under 2 years who were suffering from fever and admitted to emergency department of Babylon Maternity and Children Hospital in Hilla. The results indicated that 31(19.4%) blood samples revealed positive cultures consisting of 21(68%) gram-positive bacterial isolates and 10(32%) gram-negative isolates (Gram-negative isolates are not fully discussed in this paper). Gram-positive isolates represented by; Staphylococcus aureus which accounted for 10(33%), Coagulase negative Staphylococci (CoNS) which accounted for 5 isolates(16%), Streptococcus pygenes 4 isolatexs(13%), Listeria monocytogenes and Micrococcus sp. 1 isolate(3%) for each. The results showed that; infants under one months of age were more susceptible for bacteremia than other ages, in a rate of 32.5%.


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