Table 2B

Basic demographics of all infants

ParameterValue
Male52 (54%)
Term (≥37 weeks)74 (76%)
Preterm (<37 weeks)23 (24%)
 32–3614 (14%)
 28–315 (5%)
 <284 (4%)
Birth order
 Singleton88 (91%)
  Twins9 (9%)
Age distribution
 Early onset: 0–6 days30 (31%)
  Late onset: 7–28 days44 (45%)
  29–89 days23 (24%)
Route of admission
 Home66 (68%)
 Inpatient31 (32%)
Ethnicity
 White81(84%)
 Asian6 (6%)
 Black4 (4%)
 Unknown6 (6%)
Region of England
 North of England26 (26%)
  Midlands and East of England18 (19%)
  London and integrated regions13 (13%)
  South of England39 (41%)
Infants mode of feeding at diagnosis
 Breast feeding32 (38%)
 Mixed feeding13 (20%)
 Bottle feeding32 (33%)
 Bacteria
Identified from Cerebrospinal fluid only23 (24%)
  Identified from cerebrospinal fluid and blood40 (41%)
  Identified from blood only34 (35%)
Group B streptococci65 (63%)
Escherichia coli 11 (11%)
Listeria monocytogenes 4 (4%)
Neisseria meningitidis 4 (4%)
Other Gram-negative bacteria*10 (10%)
Other Gram-positive bacteria†5 (5%)
Alive96
Dead (after 28 hours in PICU after developing meningitis in the 4th week of life)1
  • *Pseudomonas spp 3, Klebsiella spp 2, Salmonella spp 2, Citrobacter 1, Pasteurella spp 1, Haemophilus influenzae 1.

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae 2, Streptococcus bovis 2 and α-haemolytic streptococcus 1.