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An epidemic of meningococcal disease in Karachi (Pakistan): a study of children.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta paediatrica Japonica; Overseas edition
Publication Date
Volume
33
Issue
3
Pages
352–356
Identifiers
PMID: 1785331
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A prospective study of 112 cases of epidemic meningococcal infection in the paediatric population is presented. The natural course of the disease, its complications, prognostic factors and therapeutic agents were studied. The cases were graded according to fixed criteria of severity which correlated well with the outcome of the disease. The gram-stain of the CSF was a sensitive and a quick method of diagnosis and crystalline penicillin a cost-effective therapy giving a good response within 48 hours in 90% of the cases.

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