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Title: Clinical and epidemiological features of group A streptococcal bacteraemia in a region with hyperendemic superficial streptococcal infection.
Authors: Carapetis, J R
Walker, A M
Hibble, M
Sriprakash, K S
Currie, B J
Affiliation: Menzies School of Health Research and Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Australia..
Issue Date: Feb-1999
Citation: Epidemiology and infection 1999-02; 122(1): 59-65
Abstract: Reports of increasing incidence and severity of invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) infections come mainly from affluent populations where exposure to GAS is relatively infrequent. We conducted a 6-year retrospective review of GAS bacteraemia in the Northern Territory of Australia, comparing the Aboriginal population (24% of the study population), who have high rates of other streptococcal infections and sequelae, to the non-Aboriginal population. Of 72 episodes, 44 (61%) were in Aboriginal patients. All 12 cases in children were Aboriginal. Risk factors were implicated in 82% of episodes (91% in adults) and there was no significant difference in the proportion of Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal patients with at least one risk factor. Genetic typing of isolates revealed no dominant strains and no evidence of a clone which has been a common cause of these infections elsewhere.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10742
ISSN: 0950-2688
Type: Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subjects: Adolescent
Adult
Bacteremia
Child
Child, Preschool
Endemic Diseases
Female
Humans
Incidence
Infant
Male
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Population Surveillance
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Serotyping
Severity of Illness Index
Streptococcal Infections
Streptococcus pyogenes
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