Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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