Neonatal Sepsis in Great Apes

Summary Information

Diseases / List of Bacterial Diseases / Disease summary
Alternative Names  
Disease Agents Various bacteria
  • Initially, particularly enteric organisms and less commonly Staphylococcus spp. or Streptococcus spp. (B23.50.w50)
  • Later, Streptococcus pneumoniae or Haemophilus influenzae. (B23.50.w50)
  • Streptococcus B, Campylobacter spp., also Shigella spp., Salmonella spp. (B338.18.w18)
Infectious Agent(s) --
Non-infectious Agent(s) --
Physical Agent(s) --
General Description
Clinical signs


  • High. (B23.50.w50)
Further Information
  • Prompt, aggressive treatment is essential. (B23.50.w50)
  • Initially treat empirically with e.g. a beta-lactam antibiotic and an aminoglycoside. (B23.50.w50)
  • Antibiotic treatment should be changed to an appropriate agent depending on the results of culture and sensitivity testing. (B23.50.w50)
  • Note: It is probably that high-dose corticosteroids are not beneficial and may even be contra-indicated. (B23.50.w50)
Associated Techniques
Host taxa groups /species
Author Dr Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD MRCVS (V.w5)

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