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Table 3 Distribution of the probable causes of infant deaths from 0 to 6 months among 75 children in Banfora Health District, Burkina Faso

From: The high burden of infant deaths in rural Burkina Faso: a prospective community-based cohort study

Probable causes infant deaths (0–6 months) Neonatal period Postneonatal period
Cases N (%) Cases N (%)
Infections 7 (17) 19 (54)
 ▪ Acute respiratory infections (ARI) 3 7
 ▪ Malaria 0 7
 ▪ Meningitis 0 3
 ▪ Gastroenteritis 1 2
 ▪ Sepsis 2 0
 ▪ Fever of unknown aetiology 1 0
Preterm birth complications 17 (42) 0
Acute intestinal occlusion syndrome 2 (05) 0
Severe haemorrhages 1 (03) 1 (03)
Birth asphyxia 1 (03) 0
Severe malnutrition 0 (0) 1 (03)
Unknowna 12 (30) 14 (40)
Total 40 35
  1. aEither the verbal autopsy could not allow any conclusion from the medical reviewers (5 cases) or the detailed history of death was missing (21 cases).