Fatal Group A Streptococcal Myopericarditis During Influenza A Infection

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Influenza A infection can be a serious and life-threatening disease in young children. Even in those who die, however, the cause of death may not be obvious. In this illustrative report, a 7-year-old child with acute influenza A infection developed an unsuspected fatal secondary infection caused by group A streptococcus. The diagnosis of bacterial myopericarditis was made at autopsy.

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