Journal article

Descriptive analysis of group A Streptococcus in skin swabs and acute rheumatic fever, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010-2016

Sally Thomas, Julie Bennett, Susan Jack, Jane Oliver, Gordon Purdie, Arlo Upton, Michael G Baker

LANCET REGIONAL HEALTH-WESTERN PACIFIC | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Group A Streptococcus (GAS) can trigger an immune-mediated response resulting in acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Historically, ARF has been considered a consequence of preceding GAS pharyngitis, but increasing evidence suggests that GAS skin infections may be a driver. Data on the primary care burden of GAS skin infection are limited. This paper aims to describe and compare the prevalence and distribution of GAS detection in skin swabs and ARF rates in the Auckland population. Methods: This cross-sectional study used all laboratory skin swab data from people who had a skin swab taken as a result of a consultation with a health professional in the Auckland region (2010-2016). Initial..

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