Plesiomonas shigelloides-associated diarrhoea in Bangladeshi children: A hospital-based surveillance study

Ali Miraj Khan, A. S.G. Faruque, M. S. Hossain, S. Sattar, G. J. Fuchs, M. A. Salam

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Little is known about clinical and epidemiological features of Plesiomonas shigelloides-associated diarrhoea in children. We reviewed hospital-based surveillance records of 38 children with diarrhoea having P. shigelloides as the only pathogen isolated from their faecal specimen. Of those 38 children, 29 (76 per cent) were below 2 years of age and 28 (74 per cent) were male. Thirty-two (84 per cent) children presented with watery diarrhoea and six (16 per cent) had dysenteric stools. Vomiting was a feature in 27 (71 per cent) children and clinically significant dehydration was observed in nine (23 per cent) children. Fever was present in three (8 per cent) children and five (13 per cent) had diarrhoea ≥44 days. Thirty-three (87 per cent) children were successfully treated with ORS alone and only five (13 per cent) required intravenous fluid in addition to ORS. Plesiomonas shigelloides was isolated throughout the year. The findings may be of public health importance for creating awareness among physicians about the clinical profile and management strategy of P. shigelloides-associated diarrhoea in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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Funding Information:
This research was funded by ICDDR,B: Centre for Health and Population Research, which is supported by countries and agencies that share its concern for the health problems of developing countries. Current donors providing unrestricted support include the aid agencies of the Governments of Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA. Correspondence: Dr Ali Miraj Khan, Assistant Scientist, CSD, ICDDR,B, Mohakhali, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. E-mail <[email protected]>.

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