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Table 4 Recovery of pathogens from clinical specimens

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

Specimen type Positive (%) No growth (%) Contaminated (%) Total
Blood 241 (12.7) 1479 (78.1) 174 (9.2) 1894
Cerebrospinal fluid 23 (15.2) 128 (84.8) 0 151
Joint fluid 13 (21.7) 47 (78.3) 0 60
Pus 86 (72.3) 30 (25.2) 3 (2.5)* 119
Bone 7 (58.3) 5 (41.7) 0 12
  1. Repeat specimens were not done, and when an isolate was recovered from different specimens they were all counted. * Includes coagulase negative staphylococci and normal flora