Clinical and laboratory aspects of Moraxella catarrhalis bacteremia in children. Academic Article uri icon


  • Settings. The Negev region of southern Israel is inhabited by a population of about 500,000. In this region, 2 ethnic populations live side by side, the Jewish and the Bedouin Moslem populations. The socioeconomic conditions and lifestyles of these 2 groups differ. The Jewish population is largely urban, whereas the Bedouin population, formerly composed of desert nomads, is in transition to a Western lifestyle. The 2 pediatric populations differ in disease patterns and rates. Hospitalization rates for respiratory and other infectious diseases are higher among Bedouin infants, and the seasonal patterns of disease differ between the 2 groups. 4 The infectious agents responsible for these clinical manifestations are also distributed differently. There is no financial barrier to the use of health care services in the region and all Jewish and Bedouin children in the area visit the same emergency …

publication date

  • January 1, 2008