Prevalence of shigellosis diarrhoea in a paediatrics population: hospital based survey in Bangui, Central African Republic

  • Alexandre Manirakiza Epidemiology Unit, Institut Pasteur de Bangui
  • Prisca Megne-Boudjeka Complexe Pédiatrique de Bangui
  • Gustave Bobossi-Serengbe Complexe Pédiatrique de Bangui and University of Bangui
  • Raymond Bercion Federation of Laboratories, Hôpital Principal, Dakar
  • Alain Le Faou Laboratoire de Virologie ; CHU de Nancy, Hôpital de Brabois-adultes, 54511 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex
Keywords: shigellosis, paediatrics, Central Africa

Abstract

Introduction: Shigellosis is still a major public health problem in sub-Saharan countries, especially among children.

Methodology: The prevalence of shigellosis in children presenting with diarrhoea in the Complexe Pédiatrique de Bangui, Central African Republic, was determined. Stools were analyzed in the bacteriology laboratory of the Institut Pasteur de Bangui, Central African Republic, where identification of Shigella species and analysis of antibiotics susceptibility were performed.

Results: A total of 15 strains of Shigella were isolated from 156 stools; Shigella flexneri was the only species found. Two infected children died of dehydration. Most strains were resistant to antibiotics except quinolones, which were active on all of these strains.

Conclusions: The control of Shigella infections should be reinforced in Bangui, and accurate, affordable and rapid methods of diagnosis would be helpful.

Author Biographies

Alexandre Manirakiza, Epidemiology Unit, Institut Pasteur de Bangui
MD, MPH
Prisca Megne-Boudjeka, Complexe Pédiatrique de Bangui

Gustave Bobossi-Serengbe, Complexe Pédiatrique de Bangui and University of Bangui

Raymond Bercion, Federation of Laboratories, Hôpital Principal, Dakar
MD;
Alain Le Faou, Laboratoire de Virologie ; CHU de Nancy, Hôpital de Brabois-adultes, 54511 Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex

Published
2010-10-07
How to Cite
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Manirakiza A, Megne-Boudjeka P, Bobossi-Serengbe G, Bercion R, Le Faou A (2010) Prevalence of shigellosis diarrhoea in a paediatrics population: hospital based survey in Bangui, Central African Republic. J Infect Dev Ctries 4:655-657. doi: 10.3855/jidc.681
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