About the book
Pediatric infectious diseases remain to be the major cause of pediatric hospitalizations and outpatient clinic visits. The impact of pediatric infectious diseases is depictured by the magnitude of members and experts of the European and World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Nevertheless, a general pediatrician has to be a pediatric infectious disease specialist, an expert in vaccinology and a developmental specialist to cover the most evident problems in an outpatient clinic or office they are faced with. It is a challenging problem to diagnose early or late-onset sepsis in the neonate, and there is still a remarkable mortality rate of sepsis associated with prematurity. Despite some screening during pregnancy connatal infections play a significant role in devastating long-term neurodevelopmental impairments of intra-uterine infected children. Septic episodes remain to be a challenge for the pediatric intensive care unit, and extracorporeal membrane oxidation (ECMO) might be the last chance. A topic of interest are the vaccine-preventable diseases and the problem of anti-vaxxer or complete denier of viral or bacterial disease. Respiratory, gastrointestinal infections and meningitis and encephalitis still remain to be burdens of disease both in developed and developing countries. Hence, this mixture of viral and bacterial infections from the neonate to the adolescent might be of interest for all pediatricians and general practitioners.
The book aims to give an overview of the actual problems dealing with pediatric infectious diseases in the immune-competent host.