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Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2007 Jun;29(6):621-9. Epub 2007 Mar 26.

Aetiology of bacterial meningitis and resistance to antibiotics of causative pathogens in Europe and in the Mediterranean region.

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  • 1National Meningitis Reference Laboratory, National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece.


Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b are most commonly associated with bacterial meningitis accounting for almost 90% of reported cases of acute bacterial meningitis in infants over 60 days of age and young children. This work reviews the epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in Europe and in the Mediterranean region as well as the antimicrobial susceptibility of the etiological agents.

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