Serious bacterial infections in neonates: improving reporting and case definitions.

Vergnano, S; Seale, AC; Fitchett, EJA; Sharland, M; Heath, PT; (2017) Serious bacterial infections in neonates: improving reporting and case definitions. Int Health, 9 (3). pp. 148-155. ISSN 1876-3405 DOI:

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Neonatal infections affect about 7 million neonates causing over 600 000 deaths every year. Estimating the burden is challenging as there are multiple reporting criteria and definitions for serious bacterial infections in neonates. Essential criteria for reporting serious neonatal bacterial infections have recently been published as the STROBE-NI checklist and, in the context of maternal vaccination, definitions have been published by the Brighton Collaboration Global Alignment of Immunization safety Assessment in pregnancy (GAIA) project. Standardisation of reporting criteria is essential to allow data comparability. This an important step in providing a clearer picture of the burden of serious bacterial infections in neonates and a welcome progress for guiding new investments in interventions.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 28582556

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