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Severe respiratory infection with Branhamella catarrhalis in an African child

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A pure growth of Branhamella catarrhalis was obtained from a purulent bronchial exudate in a 28-month-old Rwandese girl, hospitalized for acute inspiratory dyspnoea with fever. The outcome was favourable under treatment with ampicillin, although the isolate was shown to produce a β-lactamase in vitro.

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Bogaerts, J., Lepage, P., Vande Weghe, J.P. et al. Severe respiratory infection with Branhamella catarrhalis in an African child. Eur J Pediatr 143, 303–304 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00442307

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Key words

  • Branhamella catarrhalis
  • Respiratory infection
  • Beta-lactamase
  • Rwanda