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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

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RODOLFO, Gauto; HECTOR, Castro  and  MIRTA, Mesquita. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of invasive meningococcal infections at the Pediatric General Hospital "Niños de Acosta Ñú". January 2012 to July 2014. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.1, pp.49-52. ISSN 2307-3349.


Meningococcal disease is a significant health problem worldwide. Most patients with meningeal infections in developed countries survive, but there are a percentage of previously healthy patients who succumb to fulminating forms despite the advances of intensive care medicine.


To describe the epidemiological characteristics and clinical manifestations of invasive Neisseria Meningitidis infections in pediatric patients admitted to a referral hospital.

Material and Method:

Observational, descriptive, retrospective study, series of cases.


Higher incidence was registered in children under 5 years, mainly in children under 2 years, the most common initial symptom was fever in 4 (50%) of the cases, the most frequent clinical presentation was Meningitis in 5 ( 62.5%), of the total number of patients, 5 (62.5%) entered a PICU and the mortality in this series is 12%.

Keywords : Meningococcemia; Neisseria Meningitidis; Paraguay.

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