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When infection occurs within the first week of life, it’s called ‘early onset’ and will more commonly cause septicaemia. After one week of life, it is called ‘late onset’ and meningitis can be more typical.
GBS and E.coli bacteria can be carried in healthy people and not cause any problems. Women can carry the bacteria in their intestines and vagina, and babies who develop neonatal meningitis caused by these bacteria can develop early onset infection when exposed to the bacteria during delivery.
At the moment there is little offered to prevent neonatal meningitis.
In such small babies diagnosis can be difficult, but neonatal meningitis can be treated with antibiotics.
You can download our neonatal meningitis fact sheet. Or, if you have a question, you can speak to experienced staff on our freephone helpline, available 24-hours a day: 0808 80 10 388, or you can email us at email@example.com and we will come back to you as soon as we can.
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