Selective primary health care: strategies for control of disease in the developing world. XIII. Acute bacterial meningitis.


Three species of bacteria (Haemophilus influenzae type b, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae) cause approximately three-quarters of all cases of acute bacterial meningitis in industrialized and developing countries. Infections due to N. meningitidis, S. pneumoniae, and H. influenzae type b are endemic in most countries; major epidemics of… (More)


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