E. coli bumps Group B strep as leading bacteremia cause in febrile infants

08/11/2013 | Family Practice News

Forty-two percent of 183 positive blood cultures collected from 179 febrile, but healthy babies were Escherichia coli, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2013 meeting. E. coli appeared to be the most common culprit behind bacteremia among febrile babies in the study, suggesting a shift in bacterial epidemiology from Group B Streptococcus to gram-negative pathogens.

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