Journal article

Burden of acute sore throat and group A streptococcal pharyngitis in school-aged children and their families in Australia

Margaret H Danchin, Susan Rogers, Loraine Kelpie, Gowri Selvaraj, Nigel Curtis, John B Carlin, Terence M Nolan, Jonathan R Carapetis

PEDIATRICS | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the incidence, transmission, carriage, and risk factors for group A streptococcal pharyngitis in school-aged children and their families. METHODS: A 16-month, prospective, family-based cohort study was undertaken from August 2001 through December 2002 in Melbourne, Australia. A total of 202 families (853 people) with at least 1 child aged 3 to 12 years were randomly selected from 3 primary care practices across suburban Melbourne to collect surveillance data for acute group A streptococcal pharyngitis, including serology for index and secondary cases and intermittent carriage data. Cohort retention was 97% for 16 months. RESULTS: The in..

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