CLINICAL AND MICROBIOLOGIC CHARACTERISTICS OF GROUP A STREPTOCOCCAL NECROTIZING FASCIITIS IN CHILDREN

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Abstract

Abstract:

An increase in the incidence of Group A streptococcal necrotizing fasciitis has recently been observed in Montréal, Canada. Clinical features of children hospitalized for invasive Group A streptococcal infections and various virulence factor genes of the bacteria were concomitantly analyzed. It was determined that varicella and presence of speC gene in group A streptococcal strains were associated with necrotizing fasciitis.

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