E. coli bumps 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 bacterial epidemiology is moving from Group B Streptococcus to gram-negative pathogens.

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