Group A streptococci in children with acute pharyngitis in Sousse, Tunisia
AbstractA 1-year prospective study in 2 paediatric outpatient clinics in Sousse, Tunisia, aimed to determine the presence of group A streptococci in acute pharyngitis cases and carriers, and the distribution of the serotypes and biotypes. Group A streptococci were found in 9.0% of throat swabs from 155 controls and 17.7% from 474 patients [P < 0.05]. Of 43 strains isolated from patients and submitted for typing, 15 different types were identified, the most common being M75 [14 strains; 32.5%], M9 [6 strains; 14.0%], M76 [5 strains; 11.6%] and M12 [4 strains; 9.3%]. Three strains were non-typeable [7.0%]. Biotyping of the strains showed 3 predominant biotypes: biotype 3 [n = 14], biotype 2 [n = 11], and biotype 1 [n = 7]
Mzoughi, R., Bouallegue, O., Selmi, H., Ben Said, H., Essoussi, A.S. et al. (2004). Group A streptococci in children with acute pharyngitis in Sousse, Tunisia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119442
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 10 (4-5), 488-493, 2004
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