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Table 1 Characteristics of Study Population (N = 2056)

From: Bacterial infections in Lilongwe, Malawi: aetiology and antibiotic resistance

Service Syndrome Total N (%)* Male N(%) Female N(%) Age Mean ± SD
Overall   2056 848 (43.3) 1110 (56.7) 26.0 ± 16.7
Paediatrics   543 254 218 4.4 ± 4.9
  Febrile child 391 (89.5) 192 (90.6) 166 (87.8)  
  Neonates 46 (10.5) 20 (9.4) 23 (12.2)  
Medicine   1213 506 692 34.8 ± 12.0
(adults) Meningitis 294 (25.1) 133 (27.4) 157 (23.3)  
  Pneumonia 360 (30.7) 116 (23.9) 240 (35.7)  
  Fever/sepsis 518 (44.2) 236 (48.7) 276 (41.0)  
Obs/Gyn   127 0 127 24.7 ± 6.2
  Meningitis 9 (7.5) 0 9 (7.5)  
  Pneumonia 7 (5.8) 0 7 (5.8)  
  Fever/sepsis 14 (11.7) 0 14 (11.7)  
  Prepartum sepsis 8 (6.7) 0 8 (6.7)  
  Puerperal sepsis 46 (38.3) 0 46 (38.3)  
  Gynaecological sepsis 36 (30.0) 0 36 (30.0)  
Surgery   166 89 73 21.6 ± 15.8
(adults and children) Osteomyelitis 9 (5.7) 3 (3.6) 5 (7.2)  
  Necrotising fasciitis 3 (1.9) 2 (2.4) 1 (1.5)  
  Abdominal Abscess 84 (53.5) 42 (50.6) 40 (58.0)  
  Burn 8 (5.1) 3 (3.6) 5 (7.2)  
  Septic arthritis 53 (33.8) 33 (39.8) 18 (26.1)  
  1. *Categories may not sum to the total because of missing data