Neonatal meningitis in Harare, Zimbabwe: a 2-year review

Ann Trop Paediatr. 1991;11(1):11-5. doi: 10.1080/02724936.1991.11747472.


A 2-year review of neonatal meningitis was undertaken at a referral hospital in Zimbabwe to determine the pattern of bacterial isolates from the cerebrospinal fluid, the clinical presentation and the immediate outcome. During the study period, 94 cases were identified and the overall mortality was 41%. Group B Streptococcus was the predominant organism isolated (61%) and was associated with 42% mortality. Low-birthweight babies and babies with Gram-negative meningitis had mortality rates of 71 and 62%, respectively.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid / microbiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Meningitis / microbiology*
  • Meningitis / mortality
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Zimbabwe