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[Comment] Essential metrics for high-quality reporting of neonatal sepsis research in low-resource settings

22:30 EDT 12 Sep 2019 | The Lancet

Although mortality in children younger than 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa has declined by 58% since 1990, neonatal deaths (in infants younger than 28 days) represent an increasing proportion, currently at 37%.1–3 Infection remains the third most important cause overall, and the leading cause of late neonatal deaths is hospital-acquired sepsis.1,4 It is within this context that, in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Uduak Okomo and colleagues reviewed the causes of severe bacterial infections (bloodstream infection and meningitis) and the antimicrobial resistance profile of the causative pathogens among neonates in sub-Saharan Africa.

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