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Empirical antibiotics for suspected early neonatal sepsis
  1. David Isaacs
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Isaacs, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital at Westmead, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia; davidi{at}

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In responding to the article by Muller-Pebody and colleagues,1 Michael Hall and colleagues2 report that they use empiric cefotaxime monotherapy for suspected neonatal sepsis, contrary to the UK national guidelines, because they are concerned about aminoglycoside toxicity. They also state wrongly that the authors do not distinguish early- from late-onset sepsis.

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