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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2016, Article ID 7609602, 4 pages
Case Report

Empedobacter brevis Meningitis in a Neonate: A Very Rare Case of Neonatal Meningitis and Literature Review

1NEOCLINIC, Everest Vihar, TN Mishra Marg, Nirman Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2Setu Newborn Care Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3Department of Microbiology, JLN Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
4Department of Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
5Department of Pediatrics, Civil Hospital, Palwal, Haryana, India

Received 6 July 2016; Accepted 8 August 2016

Academic Editor: Vjekoslav Krzelj

Copyright © 2016 Deepak Sharma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Empedobacter brevis is gram-negative bacilli that belongs to Flavobacteriaceae family. It was previously known with name of Flavobacterium breve. The reservoir of these bacteria is soil, plants, water, food, hospital water sources, including incubators, sinks, faucets, tap water, hemodialysis systems, saline solutions, and other pharmaceutical solutions. We report a case of term female newborn, admitted with complaint of respiratory distress developing soon after birth and developed clinical features of sepsis at age of 92 hours of postnatal life. The sepsis screen was positive and blood culture and cerebrospinal fluid showed growth of Empedobacter brevis that was resistant to multiple antibiotics. The neonate was treated with appropriate antibiotics and was discharged successfully. The novelty of the case report is that this is the first case report of neonatal sepsis caused by Empedobacter brevis.