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Etiology of Bacteremia in Young Infants in Six Countries

Hamer, Davidson H. MD*†; Darmstadt, Gary L. MD, MS; Carlin, John B. PhD§; Zaidi, Anita K. M. MB BS, SM¶‖; Yeboah-Antwi, Kojo MB ChB, MPH*; Saha, Samir K. PhD; Ray, Pallab MD**; Narang, Anil MD**; Mazzi, Eduardo MD††; Kumar, Praveen DM**; Kapil, Arti MD‡‡; Jeena, Prakash M. FCP§§; Deorari, Ashok MD¶¶; Chowdury, A.K. Azad MB BS‖‖; Bartos, Andrés MD***; Bhutta, Zulfiqar A. MD, PhD†††‡‡‡; Adu-Sarkodie, Yaw MB ChB, PhD§§§; Adhikari, Miriam MB ChB, PhD§§; Addo-Yobo, Emmanuel MD, MSc§§§; Weber, Martin W. MD, PhD¶¶¶for the Young Infants Clinical Signs Study Group

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: January 2015 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p e1–e8
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000549
Original Studies

Background: Neonatal illness is a leading cause of death worldwide; sepsis is one of the main contributors. The etiologies of community-acquired neonatal bacteremia in developing countries have not been well characterized.

Methods: Infants <2 months of age brought with illness to selected health facilities in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ghana, India, Pakistan and South Africa were evaluated, and blood cultures taken if they were considered ill enough to be admitted to hospital. Organisms were isolated using standard culture techniques.

Results: Eight thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine infants were recruited, including 3177 0–6 days of age and 5712 7–59 days of age; 10.7% (947/8889) had a blood culture performed. Of those requiring hospital management, 782 (54%) had blood cultures performed. Probable or definite pathogens were identified in 10.6% including 10.4% of newborns 0–6 days of age (44/424) and 10.9% of infants 7–59 days of age (39/358). Staphylococcus aureus was the most commonly isolated species (36/83, 43.4%) followed by various species of Gram-negative bacilli (39/83, 46.9%; Acinetobacter spp., Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. were the most common organisms). Resistance to second and third generation cephalosporins was present in more than half of isolates and 44% of the Gram-negative isolates were gentamicin-resistant. Mortality rates were similar in hospitalized infants with positive (5/71, 7.0%) and negative blood cultures (42/557, 7.5%).

Conclusions: This large study of young infants aged 0–59 days demonstrated a broad array of Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens responsible for community-acquired bacteremia and substantial levels of antimicrobial resistance. The role of S. aureus as a pathogen is unclear and merits further investigation.

From the *Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University; Department of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health; Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; Global Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington; §Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia; Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; Child Health Research Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh; **Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India; ††Department of Pediatrics, Hospital del Niño “Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uría,” La Paz, Bolivia; ‡‡Department of Microbiology, All India Institute for Medical Sciences, Delhi, India; §§Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; ¶¶Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, All India Institute for Medical Sciences, Delhi, India; ‖‖Department of Neonatology, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh; ***Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Materno Infantil, La Paz, Bolivia; †††Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; ‡‡‡Sick Kids Center for Global Child Health, Toronto, Canada; §§§School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; ¶¶¶World Health Organization Southeast Asian Regional Office, Delhi, India; and ‖‖‖Members of the YICSS Group are listed in Appendix 2.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding for this study to the Applied Research on Child Health and Child and Family Applied Research projects at Boston University, Boston, by means of the USAID cooperative agreements (HRN-A-00-90010-00 and GHS-A-00-00020-00). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided funding for Saving Newborn Lives (SNL).

Role of the funding agencies: Study coordinators from Boston University, Saving Newborn Lives (SNL), Johns Hopkins University and World Health Organization (WHO) contributed to study design, implementation, data analysis and manuscript writing. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SNL or WHO. The funding agencies did not influence the conduct or outcomes of the analysis or exercise any editorial control on this paper. The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Davidson H. Hamer, MD, Center for Global Health and Development, Crosstown 3rd floor, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. E-mail:

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Severe infections, specifically pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, have been estimated to be responsible for 23% of the approximately 3 million global neonatal deaths that occur annually; an even larger proportion of neonatal and young infant fatalities due to serious bacterial infections may occur in high-burden community settings.1,2 A review of 15 studies of neonatal sepsis in developing countries, performed in the late 1990s found that the most commonly encountered species in blood culture-positive cases were Klebsiella spp., Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas spp.3 In contrast to studies from industrialized countries, group B streptococcus (GBS) was rarely encountered. Since many of these studies from developing countries were hospital-based, it was likely that many of these infections were nosocomial and thus not reflective of community-acquired serious bacterial infections. A more recent review of 27 etiological studies found similar findings with S. aureus (14.9%), E. coli (12.2%) and Klebsiella spp. (11.6%) the most commonly encountered organisms in community-acquired neonatal sepsis.4

In order to further refine the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness algorithm for identifying sick young infants in need of referral, we performed a multi-country study that was designed to evaluate a broader range of noninfectious as well as infectious diseases in infants in the first 2 months of life. We attempted to enroll a substantial proportion of neonates in the first week of life in order to better characterize this highly vulnerable population.5 We report here a summary of the etiologies and resistance patterns of serious bacterial infections from this multi-site study.

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Study Sites

Study sites included the Dhaka Shishu Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Hospital del Niño and Hospital Materno-Infantil in La Paz, Bolivia; Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana; Postgraduate Institute for Medical Education and Research and General Hospital, Sector 16 in Chandigarh, India; All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, India; 3 primary health clinics established for the study by the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan; and King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, South Africa. Details of the study sites are available in site-specific reports.6–10

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Patient Selection

Full details of the study design are described elsewhere, in conjunction with the study’s primary analysis of the predictive value of clinical signs.5 Briefly, children were included in the study if they were <60 days of age and were brought to the hospital or outpatient clinic for an acute illness. Infants were excluded if they were presenting for well-baby visits, did not reside in the defined study area (to ensure follow-up), had been previously enrolled or were being seen for a repeat episode of the same illness. Additional exclusion criteria included need for immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation, hospitalization in the previous 2 weeks (except for delivery), referral from another health facility, an obvious lethal congenital malformation (eg, anencephaly) or caretaker unwillingness to provide informed consent. Thus, the study was designed to mimic a primary care setting as much as possible.

After providing informed consent, infants were referred to a trained primary health worker for initial evaluation of clinical signs using a standardized data collection form. After this assessment, the subject was referred to a study pediatrician who took a complete history, performed a physical examination and decided whether the infant required further hospital management including greater diagnostic evaluation or admission for inpatient treatment. The clinical course of hospitalized children was followed and the final outcome was documented. The care providers of infants who were not admitted to the hospital were advised to return in 48–72 hours for an evaluation in order to determine the outcome of the child’s illness.

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Microbiologic Methods

The protocol called for blood cultures to be performed on all admitted patients. In addition, the study protocol allowed for study physicians to obtain blood cultures on all infants with suspected sepsis, regardless of admission status as many families declined admission and preferred outpatient therapy. Samples were transported to the lab immediately and processed using standard methods (Appendix 1).11 Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was done by the disc diffusion method using Mueller Hinton agar in accordance with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute performance standards for susceptibility testing.12 Internal quality control was routinely performed at least weekly in all laboratories. All microbiology laboratories had some form of external quality control either through national or international regulatory agencies.

Blood cultures were considered positive if a definite pathogen was grown. The following isolates were considered to be contaminants: viridans streptococci, Micrococcus spp., Bacillus spp., diphtheroids, coagulase-negative staphylococci and Candida spp.13

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Data Management and Analysis

Case record forms were checked for completion and correctness, and then double entered into an EpiData database (version 2.1, EpiData Association, Odense, Denmark) at each of the study sites. Data files were sent to the Data Coordination Centre at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Melbourne, Australia), where further data cleaning and consistency checks were performed and the quality of data submitted from the individual sites was monitored.

Analysis was done using Stata version 11 software (StataCorp, College Station, TX). The frequency of organisms was described, as was the antimicrobial susceptibility, and the association of individual organism isolated with hospitalization and death was explored. Blood culture isolates classified as contaminants were treated as negative cultures for the purpose of analysis. The presence of specific pathogens was correlated with the clinical characteristics of the infection, which were categorized as either showing no signs of infection, focal, focal with systemic manifestations or systemic. Infections were classified as focal if they involved only the skin and soft tissues (eg, omphalitis, abscess, etc.) and lacked systemic signs of illness. By contrast, systemic infections included diagnoses of sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. Antimicrobial therapy data were not routinely collected and therefore we are unable to describe treatments provided. Proportions were compared by χ2.

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Ethical Considerations

The study protocol was reviewed and approved by the institutional review boards or ethical committees of the study sites. The protocols for sites overseen by Boston University (Ghana, South Africa), through support from the United States Agency for International Development were also reviewed by the Boston University Medical Center institutional review board. For sites supported by Saving Newborn Lives (Bangladesh, Bolivia, Pakistan) through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the protocols were reviewed by the Johns Hopkins University institutional review board and determined to be exempt. The World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects reviewed and approved the protocols for WHO-supported sites (Delhi and Chandigarh, India).

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Of the 8889 infants enrolled in the study, 1437 infants were classified as requiring urgent hospital management (Fig. 1). Of those requiring hospital management, 782 (54%) had blood cultures performed as per protocol; the analysis was limited to this group. Contaminants were identified in the blood cultures of 6.1% (48/782) including 5.4% (23/424) of newborns aged 0–6 days and 7.0% (25/358) of infants aged 7–59 days. Probable or definite pathogens were identified in 10.6% overall with similar proportions in newborns aged 0–6 days (10.4%, 44/424) and infants aged 7–59 days (10.9%, 39/358). Although all 782 were referred for hospitalization, 124 were not admitted due to shortage of beds, parental refusal and clinician decision. More than half of the latter group (65/124, 52.4%) was enrolled at the South African site. Pathogens were identified in similar proportions of the blood cultures of admitted infants (10.8%, 71/658) and those not admitted (9.7%, 12/124).



The median age of infants in the 0–6 day group was 2 days while the median age for those aged 7–59 days was 24 days (Table 1). There were more male than female infants in both groups, and more than half of infants (55%) aged 0–6 days and 75% of the older infants were born in health facilities. Twelve percent of neonates in the 0–6 day group were premature (estimated gestation age <37 weeks), whereas only 5.3% of the older infants were premature. Major reasons for referral for hospital management of infants varied by age group, although sepsis, hyperbilirubinemia and birth asphyxia were in the top 5 for both groups (Table 1).



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Clinical Diagnoses of Infants with Positive Blood Cultures

Twenty-eight of 305 (9.2%) infants referred for hospital management who had blood cultures performed in the absence of any signs of infection had a positive culture; most of these were neonates in the first week of life (10.5%, 23/220). Focal infections (alone) were present in 33 infants of whom 4 had positive cultures (12.1%).

Systemic infection alone (sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia) in the absence of focal signs of infection was diagnosed in 381 infants, of whom 37 had positive cultures (9.7%). There were 63 infants with systemic illness associated with a focal finding, including 14 (22.2%) who had positive blood cultures.

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Blood Culture Results

Blood culture results for all patients stratified by age group are presented in Table 2. S. aureus was the most commonly isolated organism. There was 1 group A streptococcus and no GBS isolated. Gram-negative bacilli were also commonly isolated. One infant in Pakistan had polymicrobial bacteremia due to E. coli, Aeromonas hydrophila, Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa; this infant died from overwhelming sepsis associated with an acute abdomen. There were no major differences in the rates of isolation of S. aureus or Gram-negative rods between the 2 age groups. S. aureus was predominantly isolated from infants in Ghana (15/36, 42%) (Table 3). In contrast, the distribution of other organisms was relatively, evenly spread among the sites.





The rates of positive cultures and distribution of pathogens were similar in infants who were premature (gestational age <37 weeks) versus term or who were delivered at home versus in the hospital (with the possible exception of more Pseudomonas spp. isolated from infants with home vs. facility-based deliveries; 4/33 vs. 0/50, P = 0.01).

Notably, the proportions of S. aureus positive cultures stratified by initial clinical diagnostic category were the following: 13/305 (4.3%) (no diagnosis of infection), 13/381 (3.4%) (sepsis diagnosis), 2/33 (6.1%) (focal infection) and 8/63 (12.7%) (focal plus systemic) (P = 0.012). These results point to a higher proportion of S. aureus isolates in the focal plus systemic infection group.

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Antimicrobial Susceptibility Results

Since the study sites used different panels of antibiotics for susceptibility testing, the number of isolates tested for different antimicrobial agents varied. Among the Gram-positive isolates, S. aureus was most commonly tested (n = 45). Most S. aureus isolates were resistant to penicillin (88%, 22/25) and cotrimoxazole (66%, 21/32). Lower levels of resistance among the S. aureus isolates were found for erythromycin (19%, 8/43) and ciprofloxacin (14%, 3/22). Methicillin/oxacillin resistance was identified in 11% of the S. aureus isolates (4/37).

The susceptibility patterns of Gram-negative bacteria for which there were 2 or more isolates are presented in Table 4. Nearly all isolates were resistant to ampicillin or amoxicillin, first generation cephalosporins, chloramphenicol and cotrimoxazole. Resistance to second and third generation cephalosporins occurred in more than half of isolates. Similarly, a moderate proportion of isolates were resistant to gentamicin (17/39, 43%) and ciprofloxacin (11/31, 35%).



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Clinical Outcomes of Infants With Bacteremia

The choice of empirical antimicrobial therapy varied from site to site. For those sites that systematically documented which antibiotics were used, the clinicians involved generally modified their choice of treatment after receiving the blood culture results. Broad-spectrum second and third generation cephalosporins with or without an aminoglycoside were used for Gram-negative infections while third generation cephalosporins or antistaphylococcal penicillins were used for treatment of S. aureus. Mortality rates were similar in admitted infants with positive (5/71, 7.0%) and negative blood cultures (42/557, 7.5%) (Table 2). Mortality rates were higher in the 0–6-day-old than the 7–59-day-old infants (38/383, 9.9% and 12/272, 4.4%, respectively). Excluding all infants whose blood culture isolate was S. aureus, in whom mortality was 2.8% (1/36), there still was no apparent association between bacteremia and mortality in either 0–6-day-old infants [3/20 (15%) vs. 34/343 (9.9%), P = 0.46] or in 7–59-day-old infants [1/19 (5.3%) vs. 11/241 (4.6%), P = 0.89).

Of the 12 bacteremic infants who were not admitted, there were 9 for whom day 3 outcome data were available. Six had improved, 2 had not improved and 1 was classified as sick and requiring urgent attention.

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This multi-site study, which included 7 sites in 6 countries, enrolled a large number of young infants brought to health facilities for evaluation of a broad range of illnesses. Among infants requiring urgent hospital management, the main organisms isolated were S. aureus and several different species of Gram-negative bacilli. Notably the distribution of Gram-negative bacilli and Gram-positive organisms was similar between the 2 age groups: newborns 0–6 days and infants aged 7–59 days. This study was designed to emulate community sites with a wide spectrum of milder illnesses, not only infections, but also illnesses such as jaundice as an isolated clinical sign and birth asphyxia, which have a low risk of bacterial infection. Even in children with a high likelihood of bacterial infection, the isolation rate was relatively low (~11%). Notably, a large summary of blood culture data from a tertiary care center in London found that 12% of 8904 cultures taken from neonates with suspected sepsis were positive14 and a summary of bacteremia data from hospitalized children in Kilifi, Kenya, found that 12.8% of infants <60 days old that had blood cultures yielded pathogens.15 Similar results were found at the same site in a study of community-acquired bacteremia in infants <2 months old with possible serious bacterial infection which found a prevalence of 9%.16 These are remarkably similar to our isolation rate. However, it is possible that pre-treatment with antibiotics occurred in some of our patients before presentation to the study center and this might have reduced the rate of blood culture positivity.

Only slightly more than half of the infants who were admitted had blood cultures done even though this was supposed to have been done as part of the study protocol. In many cases, this was due to a decision by the study pediatrician that doing a blood culture was not necessary based on their admitting clinical diagnosis, which included conditions that were not due to infection such as severe jaundice in the absence of other clinical signs. Although these technically represented protocol violations, it is unlikely that these infants would have had positive cultures since many were admitted for management of diseases unlikely to be complicated by serious bacterial infections.

There are relatively few other studies from developing countries that have studied large numbers of neonates and infants with community-acquired bacteremia. A review of 63 studies, including 13 that focused on community-acquired infections, found that Klebsiella spp., E. coli and S. aureus were the most common isolates in the first week of life while S. aureus, GBS, Streptococcus pneumoniae and nontyphoidal Salmonella spp. were the most frequent isolates in infants ranging from week 2 of life to 90 days.17 A previous WHO-supported study found that Gram-positive organisms, especially S. aureus, S. pneumoniae and S. pyogenes were present in 61% of blood culture isolates (n = 102).18 This study found Gram-negative bacilli in 39% of young infants that cultures performed, with E. coli and Salmonella spp., the most commonly encountered Gram-negative isolates. A community-based study in Mirzapur, Bangladesh found a mix of Gram-positive isolates with S. aureus predominating and Gram-negative isolates in neonates.11 Thus, all of these studies, many of which are included in the aforementioned review, found a similar range of pathogens to what we encountered in our study. The consistent identification of S. aureus as a possible pathogen in young infants might be secondary to horizontal transmission in facility-based deliveries and person-to-person transmission in home deliveries resulting in colonization and infection. Alternatively, S. aureus skin carriage coupled with inadequate site sterilization might have resulted in the inoculation of bacteria into the blood culture bottles or some of the positive cultures resulted from transient S. aureus bacteremia, which was not clinically significant. Consequently, the role of S. aureus as a true pathogen remains unclear.

One of the striking findings of our study was the paucity of Gram-positive organisms other than S. aureus, especially GBS. The latter is the most common Gram-positive pathogen reported for this age group in developed countries.19 In contrast, it was rarely found in the previous Young Infant Study or the Mirzapur community-based study.11,18 Our findings are thus consistent with several other studies that have shown a low prevalence of GBS20; this pathogen may be less commonly encountered in developing relative to resource-rich countries due to a lower prevalence of maternal and neonatal colonization or colonization with less virulent strains which are less likely to cause invasive disease.17,21 In developed countries, GBS became a dominant pathogen only in the 1960s.22 Traditionally, the main species of streptococcus was group A, both as a pathogen for puerperal sepsis and for neonatal infections.23 Improvements in hygiene may have contributed to this shift. However, it is also possible that newborns with sepsis due to GBS present as critically ill, especially in early onset neonatal sepsis, and they are at substantial risk of early mortality.24 Since we excluded newborns requiring immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation, some more critically ill newborns might have had early onset GBS sepsis. Furthermore, some neonates with GBS sepsis might have died before reaching the health facility, thus potentially explaining the absence of early and late onset GBS bacteremia in our study.

Resistance to inexpensive, widely used antibiotics (eg, cotrimoxazole, penicillin and ampicillin/amoxicillin) was common. These findings are consistent with a recent review which found that nearly half of S. aureus isolates were resistant to cotrimoxazole and a substantial proportion of E. coli isolates were resistant to cotrimoxazole and ampicillin.25 A worrisome finding was the presence of methicillin resistance in 11% of S. aureus isolates. In the community-based Bangladesh study, 10% (1/10) of S. aureus isolates were oxacillin resistant.11 Limited data from other studies of community-acquired bacteremia suggest that methicillin-resistant S. aureus is uncommon.25 However, susceptibility results were only available for 5 isolates in that review in contrast to our study, which included methicillin resistance testing for 37 isolates. In contrast, a recent review, which highlighted the paucity of data on antimicrobial resistance patterns among neonatal sepsis pathogens, suggests that some locations in sub-Saharan Africa may be encountering increasing problems with methicillin-resistant S. aureus, based on evidence of ceftriaxone resistance.26

An additional finding of concern in our study was the presence of moderate to high levels of resistance of Gram-negative isolates to a number of different antimicrobial agents, including later generation cephalosporins, gentamicin and ciprofloxacin. Since the study eligibility criteria were designed to avoid inclusion of recently hospitalized newborns and thus exposure to nosocomial pathogens, the presence of multi-drug resistance in community isolates is of great concern. In view of these resistance patterns, less intensive community-based treatment regimens for newborn sepsis, which rely on fewer injections with gentamicin and oral amoxicillin, may not provide adequate antimicrobial treatment coverage.27

There are a number of limitations that merit comment. There were many infants referred for hospitalization who did not have blood cultures performed and thus we may have missed some episodes of bacteremia. The protocol excluded critically ill infants in need of immediate resuscitation, some of whom may have had infections that we missed. We do not have long-term outcome data for the infants who participated in the study. Since susceptibility testing was not done routinely at all sites and there is likely to be regional variation in resistance patterns, the value of the study to guide selection of antibiotics for treatment of sepsis is limited.

Given the broad array of different pathogens identified in newborns and young infants with community-acquired bacteremia, the high prevalence of resistance to commonly used front-line antibiotics and a suggestion of moderate levels of resistance to newer, more expensive antimicrobial agents, there is a need for tertiary care health facilities in resource-poor countries to have the capacity to perform blood cultures, identify pathogens and their susceptibility profiles. Improved microbiological capacity and regional surveillance of resistance patterns will help improve the management of community-acquired and hospital-acquired neonatal sepsis. At the primary health care level, the choice of antibiotic regimens for neonatal sepsis needs to be guided by local resistance data, when available. In addition, therapy should consider the addition of antistaphylococcal coverage, especially when signs of skin or soft tissue infection such as omphalitis are present.28

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This manuscript is dedicated to Durrane Thaver, who played a central role in the early microbiological analyses and who sadly died a premature death.

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APPENDIX 1. Laboratory Methods and Quality Control Systems



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APPENDIX 2. Members of the YICSS Group

Study sites: Bangladesh: Investigators: A.K. Azad Chowdhury (PI), Samir K. Saha, A. S.M. Nawshad Uddin Ahmed, Md. Monir Hossain; Study physicians: Nazmun Nahar; Nurses: Amala Baidya, Mahmuda Parul; Laboratory personnel: Maksuda Islam, Tania Nasreen; Data management: Md. Rezaur Rahaman; Bolivia: Clinical investigators: Eduardo Mazzi (co-PI), Andrés Bartos (co-PI); Study physicians: Teresa Villagomez, Pablo Mattos; Manuel Pantoja Ludueña, Remedios Zumarán; Study nurses: Irma Quispe, Willy Tarqui, Lourdes Checa, Claudia Canqui; Data management: Erick Dueñas, Omar Vargas; Ghana: Clinical investigators: Emmanuel Addo Yobo (PI), Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie; Study physicians: G. Plange-Rhule, Osei Akoto; Laboratory: M. Lartey; Data management: Henrietta Akpene; India, Chandigarh: Clinical investigators: Anil Narang (PI), Praveen Kumar, Rupinder Narang; Study physicians: Prasad Muley, Satish Misra; Nurses: Tapasaya, Sanjay Rani; Laboratory: Pallab Ray, Tamanna Gaur; Data management: Vishal Kanojia, Ajay Dogra; India, Delhi: Clinical investigators: Ashok K. Deorari (PI), Harish Chellani, M. S. Prasad; Study physician: A. Satyavani; Nurses: Jyoti, Raji John; Laboratory: Arti Kapil; Data management: Sanjeev Negi, Narinder Singhal; Pakistan: Clinical investigators: Anita K. M. Zaidi (PI), Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Shiyam Sunder; Study physicians: Shazia Sultana, Shazia Azeem, Razzaq Lasi, Farrukh Abbasi; Lady Health Visitors: Razia Sultana, Nasira A. Jabbar; Laboratory: Rumina Hasan; Data management: Arjumand Rizvi; Durrane Thaver*; South Africa: Clinical investigators: Prakash M. Jeena (PI), Miriam Adhikari; Nurse: Sister Mojaphelo; Laboratory: Wim Sturm; Data management: Precious Sikhakhane.


Study advisors: Rajiv Bahl, Kim Mulholland, Vinod Paul, Eric Simoes, Jelka Zupan.

Study Coordination: Gary L. Darmstadt, Global Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, USA.

Davidson H. Hamer, Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.

Martin W. Weber, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Data Management: Philip Greenwood, Claudine Chionh, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Statistical Analysis: John B. Carlin, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.


Neonatal sepsis; infant; neonate; bacteremia; Staphylococcus aureus

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