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Epidemiol Infect. 2002 Oct;129(2):303-6.

Intra-familial transmission of life-threatening group A streptococcal infection.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Coney Island Hospital and State Univeristy of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York 11235, USA.


Invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) infections have been of increasing concern worldwide during the past 15 years. Spread of group A streptococci to contacts with resulting invasive infection has been reported in families, in residential nursing homes, and even from patients to health care workers. We report an instance of temporally related life-threatening group A streptococcal infection in a husband and 2 weeks later in his wife. This example further emphasizes the need for careful observation among family members and other close contacts of patients with invasive group A streptococcal infection. Although at present there are no universal recommendations for monitoring or for antibiotic prophylaxis of close contacts of persons with invasive GAS infection, when added to existing literature, this report suggests additional consideration is required.

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