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Transient, asymptomatic colonisation of newborn, ethiopian infants by salmonella

Vorübergehende, asymptomatische Kolonisation äthiopischer Neugeborener mit Salmonellen


We performed faecal cultures from 71 Addis Ababa infants.Salmonella spp. were found in 12 of 61 hospitalised infants. None had diarrhoea. Colonisation was most common (8/21) during the second week of life. There was no correlation to mode of delivery, breast feeding, type of ward or antibiotic treatment in this small sample.


Bei 71 Kindern aus Addis Abeba wurden Stuhlkulturen durchgeführt. Bei 12 von 61 hospitalisierten Säuglingen fanden sichSalmonella spp. Keines der Kinder hatte eine Diarrhoe. In der zweiten Lebenswoche war die Kolonisation am häufigsten (8/21). Zwischen Entbindungsmodus, Stillen, Art der Station oder Antibiotikabehandlung und Kolonisation fand sich in dieser kleinen Gruppe keine Korrelation.

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Bennet, R., Eriksson, M., Nord, C.E. et al. Transient, asymptomatic colonisation of newborn, ethiopian infants by salmonella. Infection 22, 49–50 (1994).

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