Prevalence of Crytpococcal Infection in Patients Clinically Diagnosed to Have Meningitis in Ethiopia
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2016, Pages: 73-76
Received: May 21, 2016; Accepted: May 31, 2016; Published: Jun. 14, 2016
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Adane Bitew, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mulu Hassen, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tigist Getachew, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Surafel Fentaw, Department of Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Cryptococcal meningitis is a fungal infection that causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, its incidence in Ethiopia is poorly known. The present study was undertaken to determine cryptococcal meningitis in Ethiopian patients diagnosed to have meningitis. Cerebrospinal fluid was collected from 201 patients with meningitis attending two tertiary hospitals for the isolation and characterization of major bacterial pathogens implicated in causing meningitis. Left over sample of each patient was screened for cryptococal antigen using lateral flow Assay. Of the total number of 201 patients 17 (8.5%) were positive for cryptococcal antigenemia of which 8 (47.1%) were male patients while 9 (52.9%) were female patients. In conclusion a high prevalence of cryptococcal meningitis in the present study urges detection and /or isolation and characterization of the pathogen in patients diagnosed to have meningitis regardless of the immune status. Furthermore, in view of the increasing number of cryptococcal infections, rapid, sensitive, and specific diagnosis of cryptococcal disease has become more important than ever in Ethiopian health institutions.
Cryptococcus, Meningitis, Ethiopia
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Adane Bitew, Mulu Hassen, Tigist Getachew, Surafel Fentaw, Prevalence of Crytpococcal Infection in Patients Clinically Diagnosed to Have Meningitis in Ethiopia, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2016, pp. 73-76. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20160504.12
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