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BACKGROUND Neural tube defects (NTD) are complex malformations rare in black Americans and Japanese. The incidence related to births or community-based studies have not been published in Cameroon or in black sub-Saharan countries, except one study in the Nigerian middle belt [Airede KI. Neural tube defects in the middle belt of Nigeria. J Trop Pediatr(More)
A prospective 6-month study in Yaounde evaluated 49 children aged from 2 months to 8 years, hospitalized with bacterial meningitis. They were randomly assigned to one of two initial treatment groups, either an ampicillin-chloramphenicol combination (group A) or chloramphenicol alone (group B). The majority of patients were infected with Haemophilus(More)
Sixty-one children, aged 0 to 12 months, all having meningitis confirmed by bacteriological and biochemical studies of CSF, were subjected to transfontanellar US exploration and clinical follow-up. Thirty-three (54.1%) children were normal, and 28 (45.9%) presented cerebral complications: hydrocephalus 20 cases (71.4%), ventriculitis 5 cases (17.9%),(More)
A clinical assessment of gestational age using four different methods was performed in the same population of 358 Cameroonian newborn infants with the aim of determining the most applicable in the local context. Method applicability was compared in terms of validity, accuracy, reliability, and ease of administration. The gestational age ranged from 25 to 44(More)
BACKGROUND Neural tube defect is a serious disabling but preventable congenital malformation with an incidence of 1.99 per 1000 births in Yaounde [A.K. Njamnshi, V. d e P. Djientcheu, A. Lekoubou, M. Guemse, M.T. Obama, R. Mbu, S. Takongmo, I. Kago. Neural tube defects are rare among black Americans but not in Sub-Saharan black Africans: The case of(More)
The predictive value of anthropometric measurements in the identification of infants at risk for early postnatal morbidity was assessed in a cohort of 490 neonates born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Mid-arm circumference (MAC), head circumference, weight, and length were measured within 6 hours of birth, and the gestational age, individual MAC/head circumference(More)
INTRODUCTION This is an observational study which was carried out at a level one health facility in Yaoundé from June to July 2009. The aim was to evaluate the competence of health care providers towards newborns' care at birth METHODS Ten health care providers took care of three hundred and thirty-five pregnant women who were enrolled for the study after(More)
Human monkeypox was suspected on clinical grounds in a seven years old child in Cameroon. The diagnosis was confirmed at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, USA. This condition is rare. The present case is the third in Cameroon. An epidemiological and clinical survey carried out in the family and in the area where the patient lives, did not(More)
Based on 139 cases collected in 36 months, the authors show that neonatal sepsis and meningitis with Gram negative bacilli represent 62.33% of confirmed neonatal sepsis (223 cases out of 6,784 neonatal hospitalisations). 53.96% of cases are manifest within the first 72 hours of life. 35.25% of these infants are preemies. The principal predisposing factors(More)