Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance -- African Region, 2002-2008

Mhlanga, B.; Katsande, R.; Toscano, C. M.; Cherian, T.; O'Loughlin, R.
May 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;5/15/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 18, p493
The article presents a World Health Organization (WHO) analysis of data from the Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis (PBM) Surveillance Network for the 2002-2008 period in the WHO African Region. The PBM Surveillance Network collects information on laboratory-confirmed bacterial meningitis cases among children under five years at sentinel hospitals. According to the analysis, a total of 74,515 suspected cases were reported. The findings are expected to help guide strategies for strengthening laboratory and data management capacity.


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