Carriage of Streptococcus pyogenes among infants and toddlers attending day-care facilities in closed communities in southern Israel

P. Yagupsky, D. Landau, A. Beck, R. Dagan

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Abstract

Infants and toddlers attending ten day-care facilities in closed communities in southern Israel were tested monthly for pharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pyogenes and associated respiratory morbidity. Overall, the prevalence of Streptococcus pyogenes was 2.7 % in infants and 8.4 % in toddlers, reaching 8.5 % and 17.8 % in the two groups, respectively by midwinter. In 4 of 61 (6.6 %) infants and 15 of 67 (22.4 %) toddlers, the organism was recovered in more than one month (range 2 to 5 months). Streptococcus pyogenes in the pharynx was only associated with rhinitis during the spring and summer but not with other respiratory symptoms. During the study period, a mean of 0.9 strains were isolated in day-care facilities attended by infants, while a mean of 2.1 strains were found in toddlers. Young children attending day-care facilities show early acquisition of Streptococcus pyogenes in the pharynx.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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