Table 1

Mortality from neonatal bacterial meningitis in England and Wales, 1985-87 and 1996-97

1985–8721996–973
Number of casesDiedNumber of casesDied
Includes only those cases where bacteria isolated from cerebrospinal fluid.
Values in parentheses are percentages.
Group B streptococcus11227 (24) 69 8 (12)
Escherichia coli 7218 (25) 26 4 (15)
Listeria monocytogenes 19 2 (11) 7 1 (1)
Haemophilus influenzae 9 2 (22) 1 0
Neisseria meningitidis 10 0 5 0
Streptococcus pneumoniae 18 3 (17) 8 1 (1)
Other Gram positive bacteria 14 5 (36) 17 0
Other Gram negative bacteria 2613 (50) 11 0
Total28070 (25)14414 (10)