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Pediatrics Most common cause of meningitis in infants

guys what is the most common cause of meningitis in infants from 1-3 months

in Kaplan qbank, they mention its still GBS, EColi and Listeria
in another source its mentioned regular strep pneumo, H influenza and N Meningitidis.

any one knows what usmle world or right ans in exam would be ?
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Group B Streptococci !
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Bacterial Meningitis


Common causes of bacterial meningitis vary by age group:

Age Group.............................. Causes

Newborns.................. Group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes

Infants and Children...... Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae type b

Adolescents and Young Adults....... Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae

Older Adults.................... Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Listeria monocytogenes


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Beyond the neonatal period, the 3 most common organisms that cause acute bacterial meningitis are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
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