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Invasive fungal infection occurring in low birthweight infants

A national surveillance study has been launched to look at the rate of invasive fungal infection in low birthweight infants. The survey has been prompted by the rise in morbidity and mortality in pre-term infants caused by candida. The rate of fungal infection is estimated to be about 2 in 100 babies who are born at a weight below 1,500g (Saiman et al, 2000; Stoll et al, 1996). It is likely that the increasing incidence is due to the improved survival rates of these very young babies. ...

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