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Pattern Of Newborn Infections Changes

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July 29, 2002
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During the 1990’s, the pattern of early infections among very low birth weight (VLBW) infants changed significantly, according to a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)- funded study that appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Specifically, the proportion of early infections caused by a group of disease-causing organisms known as gram-negative bacteria increased, while the proportion of early infections caused by another group of disease-causing organisms called gram-positive bacteria decreased.

During the 1990’s, the pattern of early infections among very low birth weight (VLBW) infants changed significantly, according to a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)- funded study that appears in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Specifically, the proportion of early infections caused by a group of disease-causing organisms known as gram-negative bacteria increased, while the proportion of early infections caused by another group of disease-causing organisms called gram-positive bacteria decreased. Gram negative infections tend to be more lethal and more resistant to antibiotics than gram positive infections.


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