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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2011, Article ID 215237, 7 pages
Review Article

Elizabethkingia meningosepticum (Chryseobacterium meningosepticum) Infections in Children

Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, 06100 Ankara, Turkey

Received 30 June 2011; Revised 29 July 2011; Accepted 1 August 2011

Academic Editor: Vineet Bhandari

Copyright © 2011 Mehmet Ceyhan and Melda Celik. 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.


Chryseobacterium meningosepticum is a ubiquitous Gram-negative bacillus historically associated primarily with meningitis in neonates and a wide variety of infections in immunocompromised patients. Neonatal infections often occur as outbreaks with environmental contamination being the source. C. meningosepticum infections are not common but are clinically important because the organism is naturally resistant to multiple antibiotics. In this paper, we have reviewed the nosocomial outbreaks of C. meningosepticum in newborns and infants reported so far in the literature and overviewed the infection control interventions, treatment modalities, and prevention measures.