Case Series Description and Genomic Characterization of Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections in Pediatric Patients

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Abstract

We report an unusual cluster of invasive group A Streptococcus infections in 6 pediatric patients and demonstrate that the strains were derived from diverse genetic backgrounds, confirming the occurrence of a community cluster rather than a clonal outbreak. Whole genome sequencing provided a rapid and comprehensive view of group A Streptococcus genotypes and helped guide our institutional response and public health maneuvers.

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