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Candida parapsilosis infection in very low birthweight infants
  1. L Clerihew1,
  2. T L Lamagni2,
  3. P Brocklehurst3,
  4. W McGuire4
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK
  2. 2Centre for Infections, Health Protection Agency, London, UK
  3. 3National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  4. 4Department of Child Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    W McGuire
    Centre for Newborn Care, Canberra Hospital, Canberra ACT 2606, Australia; william.mcguire{at}


In a UK national surveillance study, we found that Candida parapsilosis accounted for one quarter of all cases of invasive fungal infection in very low birthweight infants. C parapsilosis was associated with fewer deep-seated infections than C albicans, but mortality was similar. Ongoing surveillance is needed to monitor the epidemiology of invasive fungal infection in very low birthweight infants.

  • IQR, interquartile range
  • VLBW, very low birth weight

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  • Funding: This study was partly supported by an educational grant provided by Pfizer UK. The company had no role in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, or in the writing of the report and the decision to submit the paper for publication.

  • Competing interests: None declared.