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J Infect Dev Ctries. 2010 May 1;4(4):253-5.

Haemophilus influenzae serotype e meningitis in an adult.

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Ankara Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Education and Research Hospital, Turkey.

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  • J Infect Dev Ctries. 2013 Apr;7(4):317. Kiliç, Ayşegül Ulu [corrected to Ulu-Kilic, Ayşegül].


The incidence of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) invasive disease has declined significantly in countries with routine infant Hib immunization. Accordingly, infections caused by other H. influenzae serotypes or by encapsulated H. influenzae strains are of growing interest. H. influenzae serotype e (Hie) is a rare cause of infection. Invasive Hie infections reported in adults are generally in individuals who had previous underlying conditions, in contrast to infections in childhood. We present the first report of Hie meningitis in Turkey. It is of interest that meningitis due to this organism occured as a complication of transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, which to our knowledge has never been documented. Further identification of H. influenzae strains isolated from patients with invasive disease, especially those with predisposing factors and/or who have been vaccinated, is essential.

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