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‘Substantial burden’ of enterovirus meningitis in young infants

Key clinical point: In infants less than 90 days old, the incidence of enterovirus/human parechovirus meningitis was more than twice that of bacterial meningitis and more than fivefold higher than that of group B streptococcal meningitis, the No. 1 cause of bacterial meningitis in early infancy.

Major finding: The incidence of enterovirus meningitis was 0.79 per 1,000 live births, and the incidence of human parechovirus meningitis was and 0.04 per 1,000 live births,

Study details: An analysis of all 668 cases of laboratory-confirmed enterovirus and 35 cases of human parechovirus meningitis in infants less than 90 days old seen by pediatricians in the United Kingdom and Ireland during a 13-month period.

Disclosures: The presenter reported having no financial conflicts regarding his presentation.


Kadambari S et al. Arch Dis Child. 2019;104:552-7.