ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE AND TYPING OF PNEUMOCOCCI IN GAZA STRIP CHILDREN Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Materials and methods. Background. The Gaza Strip is a 362-km 2 narrow area located on the Eastern Mediterranean coast and populated by almost 1 million inhabitants. The annual population growth is∼ 5%, and the infant mortality rate is from 25 to 30/1000. Poverty, large families (average family size, 7.5 persons) and overcrowding are prevalent. Health care is provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health Services and the UNRWA Health Department, as well as by private and charitable sectors. In recent years Palestinian self-rule has been established in the Gaza Strip. The serious public health problems facing the local health authorities make it necessary to monitor children's morbidity, to determine medical priorities and to prevent transmissible human diseases in the area. Bacteriologic methods. Pneumococci from middle ear fluid (MEF), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood of children …

publication date

  • January 1, 1997