Public health impact of establishing the cause of bacterial infections in rural Asia

Sharon J. Peacock*, Paul N. Newton

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Recent studies delineating bacterial causes of fever in rural Asia indicate a major role for several previously under-recognized pathogens, including Rickettsia and Leptospira. The use of blood culture for the first time to investigate patients with febrile illness in rural Asia has also revealed some unexpected findings, e.g. Staphylococcus aureus is the major cause of bacteraemia in children aged <1 year in Laos. The spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens such as MRSA into rural Asia has already occurred and requires monitoring. These factors have major implications for empirical therapy of fever. Initiatives are urgently needed to strengthen the infrastructure of microbiology in rural Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-6
Number of pages2
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Sharon Peacock and Paul Newton are funded by the Wellcome Trust of Great Britain.


  • Bacterial infection
  • Diagnosis
  • Fever
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Microbiology
  • Tropical medicine


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