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Fulminant Neonatal Meningococcemia

Herbert W. Clegg, MD; I. David Todres, MD; Fergus M. B. Moylan, MD; Daniel E. Keim, MD; Daniel C. Shannon, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(4):354-355. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.04490010012004.
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Neisseria meningitidis is a rare cause of infection in infants younger than 2 months of age, presumably because of transplacental passage of protective maternal antibodies. In most reported cases of meningococcal disease in neonates, a relatively mild clinical course has been observed. A 25-day-old infant survived acute, severe meningococcemia due to group B N meningitidis. This organism should be considered when neonates have signs of septicemia, especially in the presence of cutaneous petechiae and purpura.

(Am J Dis Child 134:354-355, 1980)


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