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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Sep;31(9):983-5. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31825d3419.

Small risk of osteoarticular infections in children with asymptomatic oropharyngeal carriage of Kingella kingae.

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Service of Paediatric Ortho-paedics, Department of Child and Adolescent, University Hospitals of Geneva, 6 Rue Willy Donzé 1211, Geneva 14/ Switzerland. dimitri.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the absolute risk for children younger than 4 years of age with asymptomatic oropharyngeal carriage of Kingella kingae to sustain an osteoarticular infection. The rate of K. kingae carriage in the oropharyngeal mucosa was 9% among healthy children, and the risk for an asymptomatic carrier to develop an osteoarticular infection due to K. Kingae was estimated to be lower than 1%.

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