Investigation of an Outbreak of Osteoarticular Infections Caused by Kingella Kingae in a Childcare Center Using Molecular Techniques

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We describe an outbreak of 5 osteoarticular infections among 24 daycare center attendees. Polymerase chain reaction revealed Kingella kingae in the joint fluid of 1 child and in 85% of throat samples from healthy contacts. Multilocus sequence typing performed on the joint fluid and carriage isolates identified an unique sequence type. Rifampin failed to eradicate K. kingae carriage.

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