Non-typhoidal Salmonella rates in febrile children at sites in five Asian countries

M. Imran Khan, R. L. Ochiai, L. Von Seidlein, B. Dong, S. K. Bhattacharya, M. D. Agtini, Z. A. Bhutta, G. C. Do, M. Ali, D. R. Kim, M. Favorov, J. D. Clemens

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Summary There is increased recognition of non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) as a major cause of severe febrile illness in sub-Saharan Africa. However, little is known about community-based incidence of NTS in Asia. In a multicentre, community-based prospective Salmonella surveillance study, we identified a total of six NTS cases: three in Karachi, Pakistan, one in Kolkata, India, and two in North Jakarta, Indonesia. No NTS cases were identified in Hechi, People's Republic of China, and Hue, Viet Nam. Three cases were in children under 3 years, and one case was in a child aged 10 years and one in a child aged 15 years. Only one case was an adult (29 years). The highest incidence of NTS infection was in Karachi (7.2 culture-proven NTS cases per 100 000 person years in age group of 2-15 years). However, in comparison with sub-Saharan Africa, the NTS burden in Asia appears rather limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-963
Number of pages4
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Asia
  • disease burden
  • invasive disease
  • non-typhoidal Salmonella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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