The Global Epidemiology of Impetigo: A Systematic Review of the Population Prevalence of Impetigo and Pyoderma
Asha C Bowen, Antoine Mahe, Roderick J Hay, Ross M Andrews, Andrew C Steer, Steven YC Tong, Jonathan R Carapetis
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a comprehensive, systematic review of the global childhood population prevalence of impetigo and the broader condition pyoderma. METHODS: PubMed was systematically searched for impetigo or pyoderma studies published between January 1 1970 and September 30 2014. Two independent reviewers extracted data from each relevant article on the prevalence of impetigo. FINDINGS: Sixty-six articles relating to 89 studies met our inclusion criteria. Based on population surveillance, 82 studies included data on 145,028 children assessed for pyoderma or impetigo. Median childhood prevalence was 12·3% (IQR 4·2-19·4%). Fifty-eight (65%) studies were from low or low-middle income count..View full abstract
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AB was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (www.nhmrc.gov.au) scholarship 605845. ST was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (www.nhmrc.gov.au) fellowship 1065736. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.