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

Middleton, Bianca, Morris, Peter S. and Carapetis, Jonathan R. (2014). Invasive group A streptococcal infection in the Northern Territory, Australia: Case report and review of the literature. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health,50(11):869-873.

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Title Invasive group A streptococcal infection in the Northern Territory, Australia: Case report and review of the literature
Author Middleton, Bianca
Morris, Peter S.
Carapetis, Jonathan R.
Journal Name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 50
Issue Number 11
ISSN 1034-4810   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84902893260
Start Page 869
End Page 873
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
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.
Keywords Chemoprophylaxis
Epidemiology
Indigenous
Streptococcal infection
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12659   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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