Group A Streptococcal Bacteremia Without a Source is Associated With Less Severe Disease in Children

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We analyzed characteristics of 86 Group A streptococcal bacteremia cases at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1992 to2012. Twenty-three percent of children had severe disease, using intensive care unit admission (18), disability (7) or death (2) as indicators. Children with bacteremia without a source (30% of cases) were less likely to have severe disease than children with focal infections in adjusted models.

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