Invasive group A streptococcal infection in the Northern Territory, Australia: Case report and review of the literature

Bianca Middleton, Peter Morris, Jonathan Carapetis

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    Abstract

    The increasing incidence of invasive group A streptococcus has been well documented in the temperate climates of North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Studies also suggest that there are high rates of invasive group A streptococcus infection within the indigenous population of Northern Australia. This review article presents the case of infant Aboriginal twins with invasive group A streptococcal infection complicated by streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, highlighting both the severity and high transmissibility of invasive group A streptococcal disease. We review the epidemiology of group A streptococcal infection and suggest a potential role for chemoprophylaxis of household contacts to reduce the burden of disease within the indigenous population of Northern Australia. 

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)869-873
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Volume50
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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