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The prevalence of beta-haemolytic streptococci in throat specimens from healthy children and adults. Implications for the clinical value of throat cultures

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Ronny K Gunnarsson
S. E. Holm
M. Soderstrom
Publicerad i Scand J Prim Health Care
Volym 15
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 149-55
ISSN 0281-3432 (Print) 0281-3432 (Linking)
Publiceringsår 1997
Publicerad vid Institutionen för samhällsmedicin, Avdelningen för allmänmedicin
Sidor 149-55
Språk en
Ämnesord Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Carrier State/epidemiology/*microbiology, Child, Child Day Care Centers, Child, Preschool, Humans, Infant, Pharyngitis/*microbiology, Pharynx/*microbiology, Prevalence, Prospective Studies, Seasons, Serotyping, Streptococcal Infections/*microbiology, Streptococcus pyogenes/classification/growth & development/*isolation &, purification
Ämneskategorier Infektionsmedicin, Allmän medicin

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of age and season of the year on the carrier rate of beta-haemolytic streptococci (BHS) in healthy individuals and patients with throat pain. DESIGN: The prevalence of BHS in throat specimens from healthy individuals was compared with that from patients with throat pain of the same age in a defined geographical area, collected during the same mid-winter and late summer periods. RESULTS: The prevalence of BHS in healthy individuals was low before the age of 3 years (1.9-7.1%) and in adults > or = 16 years (2.4-3.7%) and highest in the age group 3-15 years (5.0-21.2%). The difference in prevalence of BHS between healthy individuals and patients with throat pain was small during the late summer season and large during the mid-winter season. CONCLUSION: Prevalence of BHS varies with age and season in healthy individuals and patients with throat pain. During the summer, it is much more difficult to interpret the result of a throat culture in individuals aged < 16 years.

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